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Analytics Conference speakers are experts in their field. They represent a vast background of skills and experience and are from a wide range of industries. Our speakers are the best and brightest at what they do. Get ready to be inspired!

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Tamer Cagatay
Business Analytics Lead, Turkcell
Tamer Cagatay is the Business Analytics Lead at Turkcell. His experience lies in predictive and descriptive analytics, and he has worked on a wide variety of assignments, such as churn prediction, customer segmentation, social network analysis, offer and response propensity modeling, and forecasting. Cagatay graduated from the Istanbul Technical University Industrial Engineering Department and holds a master's degree in financial time series data mining.
Raphael Cailloux
Raphael Cailloux
Head of Marketing Intelligence and Brand Consumer Analytics, Adidas
Raphael Cailloux is the Head of Marketing Intelligence and Brand Consumer Analytics at Adidas. He has 15 years of experience in consumer analytics for different industries, where he has tackled a wide range of analytical challenges. His degrees in statistics and marketing have sharpened his eye for both the scientific and business acumen it takes to create value in this area. He has spoken at many conferences about statistical issues (e.g., on an innovative way to find the best functional fit of an empirical conditional distribution) and business issues (e.g., driving customer dialogue with analytics).
Ozcan Cavus
Ozcan Cavus
Enerjisa
Ozcan Cavus received his BS and MS degrees from Istanbul Technical University's Computer Engineering department. He has 12 years of experience in the IT sector, with a focus on the banking, telecom and utilities sectors. He was involved in several big transformation projects in the banking, government and telecom sectors before joining Enerjisa. Cavus developed a strong background in architecture and analytics structures during his five years at IBM. After resigning from IBM, he joined Enerjisa (part of E.ON & Sabanci Group) to create the IT architecture and business intelligence team. This team created an analytical competency center to help different departments leverage analytics in their daily operations.
Mauro Cazzari
Goutam Chakraborty
Goutam Chakraborty
Director of the Graduate Certificate in Business Data Mining and Professor of Marketing, Oklahoma State University
Goutam Chakraborty, PhD, is the Director of the Graduate Certificate in Business Data Mining and a professor of marketing at Oklahoma State University. In addition to his academic responsibilities, he consults on issues related to developing business analytics capabilities, digital business strategy, and building and managing customer relationships. An internationally known expert in data mining and analytics, Chakraborty has presented numerous programs and workshops to executives, educators, and research professionals worldwide. He has won numerous teaching awards, including the SAS Distinguished Professor Award. Chakraborty's research has been widely published; his most recent book is Text Mining and Analysis: Practical Methods, Examples, and Case Studies Using SAS.
Manoj Chari
Senior Director, Advanced Analytics, SAS
Manoj Chari is Senior R&D Director in the Advanced Analytics R&D Division at SAS, with primary responsibility for operations research (OR) related software products. In addition to tools for classical OR functionality such as optimization modeling, solvers and discrete event simulation, his department develops optimization and network analysis components for other SAS analytical products as well as solutions for customer intelligence, supply chain and fraud detection applications. His department also includes an OR services group, which supports SAS customer engagements worldwide with modeling and algorithmic expertise. Prior to joining SAS, he spent over a decade in academic research and teaching. Chari has a PhD in operations research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Sandy Chiu
Sandy Chiu
Program Manager, Clinical Analytics, Humana
Sandy Chiu, who joined Humana in 2003, is responsible for developing a portfolio of clinical predictive models to mitigate individuals' health risks through early identification and intervention. She is well versed in health care and advanced data analytics, including clinical data management, predictive modeling, data mining, data visualization and working with cross-functional teams to execute analytic solutions for specific business problems. Chiu holds three patents in the areas of data visualization and predictive modeling (one issued and two applications). She received her master's degree in computer science from the University of Louisville in 2002.
Jan Chvosta
Senior Manager, Advanced Analytics R&D, SAS
Jan Chvosta is a research econometrician at SAS, where he is Senior Manager for SAS/ETS software. His research interests include econometric modeling, cross-sectional and panel data analysis, and high-performance computing. Chvosta earned a Master of Science degree in informatics from the Czech University of Life Sciences in 1994, after which he immigrated to the United States to pursue a career in economics and econometrics. He holds a Master of Science degree in applied economics from Montana State University and an MS in applied statistics and PhD in economics from North Carolina State University.
Shaun Connolly
Shaun Connolly
Vice President for Corporate Strategy, Hortonworks
Shaun Connolly is the Vice President for Corporate Strategy at Hortonworks. He is focused on enabling Apache Hadoop to power the enterprise’s next-generation data architecture. Connolly has more than 25 years of experience in the software industry with experience that spans big data, cloud computing, application middleware, and enterprise open source software platforms. He has a track record of building early stage and midsize software companies into successful market leaders, and has held vice president and director positions at VMware, SpringSource, Red Hat, JBoss, Princeton Softech, HP, Bluestone Software, and Primavera Systems. He holds a BS in electrical engineering from Drexel University. Follow Connolly on Twitter:@shaunconnolly.
David Corliss
David Corliss
Predictive Analytics Consultant, Ford Motor Company
David Corliss, PhD, is a Predictive Analytics Consultant at Ford Motor Company and a part-time faculty member in astronomy at Wayne State University. He has been using SAS since 1994. His recent work has focused on bringing university research on time series analysis to the wider SAS audience and developing a new SAS Press book on time series methods. Corliss has also been a speaker at SAS Global Forum and the Analytics Conference Series. He is the founder and director of Peace-Work, a volunteer cooperative of statisticians and data scientists analyzing issues in poverty, education and advocacy. Corliss holds a PhD in statistical astrophysics.
James Cox
James Cox
Senior Manager, Advanced Analytics R&D, SAS
James Cox has been the Development Manager for SAS Text Miner since its inception in 2000. Prior to that, he was one of the initial developers of SAS Enterprise Miner. He has a PhD in cognitive psychology and computer science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, holds multiple patents, and has published a number of scholarly papers in the areas of psycholinguistics, categorization and variable selection.
Jared Dean
Senior Director, Research and Development, SAS
Jared Dean is a Senior Director in SAS R&D. He is responsible for all aspects of development in SAS' global data mining solutions. This includes customer engagements, new feature development, technical support, sales support and product integration. He recently wrote a book for the Wiley & SAS Business Series: Big Data, Data Mining, and Machine Learning: Value Creation for Business Leaders and Practitioners. Prior to joining SAS, Dean worked as a mathematical statistician for the US Census Bureau. He holds an MS degree in computational statistics from George Mason University.
Zubin Dowlaty
Zubin Dowlaty
Head of Innovation and Development, Mu Sigma
Zubin Dowlaty is Head of Innovation and Development at Mu Sigma. He has more than 20 years' experience in business intelligence and analytics. At Mu Sigma, he works closely with Fortune 500 companies such as Dell and Microsoft, counseling them on how to institutionalize data-driven decision making. Dowlaty is focused on rapidly implementing innovative analytics technology and statistical techniques into the Mu Sigma ecosystem.

Dowlaty previously served as Vice President of Emerging Technology and Vice President of Decision Sciences for InterContinental Hotels Group. He has over 19 years of direct experience applying quantitative methods to extract value from corporate data. His IHG experience included creating and driving the global management of the data warehouse, applied business intelligence, analytics/advanced analytics, and market research departments. Prior to IHG, he served as Statistical Modeling Manager at UPS, primarily applying statistical models to enhance shareholder value at the world's largest transportation company. Dowlaty received his BSBA in finance from the University of Florida and an MA in economics specializing in econometrics from the University of South Carolina.

Nick Evangelopoulos
Nick Evangelopoulos
Associate Professor of Decision Sciences, University of North Texas
Nick Evangelopoulos is an Associate Professor of Decision Sciences at the University of North Texas and a Fellow of the Texas Center for Digital Knowledge. His research interests include statistics and text mining. His publications include research articles appearing in MIS Quarterly, Decision Support Systems, Communications of the ACM, Communications in Statistics, Computational Statistics & Data Analysis, and many others. Evangelopoulos has taught a number of courses in business statistics, management science, object-oriented programming, forecasting, and data mining. His consulting experience includes corporate projects in text analytics, predictive modeling, customer attrition modeling and policy evaluation. The UNT College of Business honored him with its Outstanding Teaching Innovation Award in 2010 and Outstanding Senior Faculty Research Award in 2013. He can be contacted at Nick.Evangelopoulos@unt.edu.
Mehmet Firat
Head of Project Management, Enerjisa
Mehmet Firat is the Head of the Project Management Office (PMO) at Enerjisa. He is responsible for the overall project management function, providing leadership, coordination, and management of the PMO processes and functions. This position supervises the team that provides project management support functions and administrative support to project managers. Firat received a BS in mathematics from Middle East Technical University in Turkey and an MS in information management from the University of Strathclyde in the UK.
Gregory Fishel
Gregory Fishel
Chief Meterologist, WRAL-TV
Gregory Fishel is the Chief Meterologist for WRAL-TV. He's received several awards throughout his career, including: Co-recipient of 1985 AMS Award for Outstanding Service by a Broadcast Meteorologist; Recipient of Regional Midsouth Emmy in 2002 from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; First Certified Broadcast Meteorologist in the United States (April 2005); One of six recipients of AMS Special Award in 2006 for extensive and exceptional work over the years on the development, writing, implementation and execution of the new standards for broadcasters through the American Meteorological Society Certified Broadcast Meteorologist program; Elected Fellow of American Meteorological Society (2013).

Fishel earned a bachelor's in meteorology from Pennsylvania State University in 1979.

Helen Fowler
Senior Director, SAS and Teradata Center of Excellence (COE,) Americas
Helen Fowler is the Senior Director of the SAS and Teradata COE, supporting Teradata's Americas region. She is dedicated to improving the way people do business through the use of information, analysis and technology. Fowler has 25 years of experience with database solutions and analytical applications. During her career, she has held various roles at Teradata, including Lead Solution Architect, Professional Services Manager and Managing Partner. In her current role, she is responsible for managing a team of data scientists and analytical experts supporting pre-sales and post-sales delivery and execution of data mining and advanced analytics solutions. These responsibilities include management, execution and successful delivery of advanced analytics solutions to financial, health care, insurance, manufacturing, consumer packaged goods, and retail customers.
Helen Fowler
Senior Director, SAS and Teradata Center of Excellence (COE,) Americas
Helen Fowler is the Senior Director of the SAS and Teradata COE, supporting Teradata's Americas region. She is dedicated to improving the way people do business through the use of information, analysis and technology. Fowler has 25 years of experience with database solutions and analytical applications. During her career, she has held various roles at Teradata, including Lead Solution Architect, Professional Services Manager and Managing Partner. In her current role, she is responsible for managing a team of data scientists and analytical experts supporting pre-sales and post-sales delivery and execution of data mining and advanced analytics solutions. These responsibilities include management, execution and successful delivery of advanced analytics solutions to financial, health care, insurance, manufacturing, consumer packaged goods, and retail customers.
James Gearheart
James Gearheart
Manager, Advanced Analytics Performance Consulting, JPMorgan Chase
James Gearheart is the Manager of the Advanced Analytics area of Performance Consulting for JPMorgan Chase. He has over 15 years of experience developing and analyzing statistical models that optimize business performance across several industries including financial services, public health care, environmental services, Social Security and workers' compensation. In his current role, Gearheart leads a team of data scientists on projects ranging from logistics, anti-money laundering, customer service response and cash demand forecasting. His research interests include forecasting, predictive modeling, simulation modeling and optimization. Gearheart's dual master's degrees in economics and philosophy provide the basis for his conceptual and systemic approach to predictive modeling and business analytics.
Donovan Gibson
Vice President and Analytics Manager, JPMorgan Chase
Donovan Gibson is a Vice President and the Analytics Manager at JPMorgan Chase. He possesses almost 20 years of financial, statistical and quantitative valuation experience in financial services. Nearly nine years after leaving consulting, Gibson began at JPMorgan Chase as a Global Business Manager in Operations Finance, managing several finance teams across the globe. He was then promoted to a business unit CFO role, where he helped run a business and manage a budget of $1.4 billion. Gibson currently manages multiyear, million-dollar analytical programs and teams of data scientists, technology developers and program managers. He has a bachelor's degree in finance and an MBA, and is a graduate of the Graduate School of Retail Banking.
Sterling Green
Sterling Green
Vice President of Business Intelligence, Delivery Services, Enterprise Data and Integration, SunTrust Bank
Sterling Green is the Vice President of Business Intelligence, Delivery Services, Enterprise Data and Integration at SunTrust Bank. Green previously worked at GE and another financial services company.

While enrolled in a PhD program at the University of Connecticut, he created Sterling Information Systems Inc. to provide business intelligence consulting services to the financial services, insurance, health care and state government sectors.

David Gumpert-Hersh
David Gumpert-Hersh
Vice President, Credit Risk and Econometrics, Wescom Credit Union
David Gumpert-Hersh began his career as a corporate treasury and risk manager, and has worked at Starbucks, HSBC, Netscape and Microsoft. He enjoys creating "forward thinking" models in the areas of credit risk, stress testing and forecasting. Gumpert-Hersh earned his bachelor's at Menlo College and completed coursework at San Francisco State toward a master's in multinational finance.
Owen Hall
Owen Hall, Jr.
Full Professor of Decision Sciences, Pepperdine University
Owen P. Hall Jr., PhD, holds the Julian Virtue Professorship and is a Rothschild Applied Research Fellow. He is a Full Professor of Decision Sciences at the George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management, Pepperdine University, and has over 35 years of academic and industry experience. He is the author of several textbooks on computer based decision-making and has written extensively on educational collaboration, data mining and Internet-based learning. He is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma and Delta Mu Delta Honor Societies. Hall received his PhD from the University of Southern California and undertook post-doctoral studies at the Center for Futures Research.
Patrick Hall
Patrick Hall
Research Statistician Developer, SAS
Patrick Hall creates new data mining and machine learning technologies for SAS Enterprise Miner. He is a Cloudera Certified Data Scientist and a SAS Certified Advanced Programmer. He studied computational chemistry before graduating from the Institute for Advanced Analytics in 2012.
Hans Helbekkmo
Hans Helbekkmo
Expert Principal, Risk Practice, McKinsey & Company
Hans Helbekkmo is an Expert Principal in McKinsey & Company's Risk Practice, where he heads up the enterprise risk management service line. He joined McKinsey from Union Bank in 2012, where he served as Head of Credit Portfolio Risk Analysis for five years. Helbekkmo has extensive experience advising financial institutions on risk management issues, including credit, market, insurance and operational risk. He has deep experience as a consultant, solution provider and in-house risk manager.
Kelly Hobson
Analytical Consultant, SAS
Kelly Hobson is an Associate Analytical Consultant for US Business Analytics Delivery Services at SAS. She is involved in consulting engagements to provide SAS analytical solutions to customers. Prior to joining SAS, Hobson graduated from Wofford College with a degree in applied mathematics and environmental studies.
Vic Hoffman
Vic Hoffman
Director, SAS and Teradata Center of Excellence (COE,) Retail Division
Vic Hoffman is Director of the SAS and Teradata COE in the Retail Division at Teradata. He has over 25 years of analytics and management consulting experience. In the past 10 years he has successfully led engagements across most areas of marketing and merchandising analytics, including customer segmentation and profiling, shopping mission segmentation, retail category space optimization, SKU rationalization, size profiling, private label portfolio performance, direct marketing program evaluation, customer loyalty evaluation, customer relationship management and marketing models. Prior to joining Teradata, Hoffman was Director of Customer Value Management at Tillinghast-Towers Perrin, an international management consulting firm. Previously he was Vice President of Analytics at Fleet Financial Group. There he created, recruited and led a 20-person department providing information-based decision support to the retail bank’s marketing and risk units.
Laura Ring Kapitula
Laura Ring Kapitula
Assistant Professor, Grand Valley State University
Laura Ring Kapitula is an assistant professor of statistics at Grand Valley State University. She received a PhD in statistics and a master's degree in cognitive psychology from the University of New Mexico. Her research interests include statistical computing, educational evaluation, hierarchical modeling, influence diagnostics, epidemiology and statistical graphics. She is a highly experienced applied statistician who has had the opportunity to work collaboratively in diverse areas such as education, medicine, transportation research, human computer interaction, epidemiology and psychology.
Paul Kent
SAS
Logyoung Kim
Logyoung Kim
Research Fellow, Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service, South Korea
Logyoung Kim has held numerous positions at the Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service in South Korea. Kim's current role is Research Fellow. He received an undergraduate degree from the Seoul National University of Science and Technology. Kim also has a master's and PhD in economics from Hanyang University.
Kostas Kyriakoulis
Kostas Kyriakoulis
Professor of Financial Analytics, Institute for Advanced Analytics
Kostas Kyriakoulis is a full-time Associate Professor of financial analytics at the Institute for Advanced Analytics in Raleigh, NC. His area of expertise is credit and market risk analysis, and he teaches subjects such as risk and simulation analysis, financial modeling, and credit scoring. Previously, Kyriakoulis was the Analytical Solutions Manager in Risk Management for Banking and Insurance at SAS, where he was employed for six years. Kyriakoulis received his PhD in econometrics from North Carolina State University in 2006.
Carlos Lara
Carlos Lara
Senior Solutions Architect, SAS
Carlos Lara is a Senior Solutions Architect with the SAS Americas Business Analytics Practice, where he is responsible for empowering both sales and technical forces in the positioning and integration of SAS, as well as supporting SAS customers and prospects. Lara has more than 20 years of experience in statistics, data mining, information delivery, data warehousing and business intelligence solutions. He also plays an important role in SAS Latin America, where he supports SAS solutions for advanced analytics and data mining. Lara holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan and a master's degree in statistics from Colorado State University. He has also completed doctoral course work in statistics from the same university.
Richard Lieberman
Principal Data Scientist and Technical Architect, PeakAnalytics Software
Richard Lieberman is the principal data scientist and technical architect of PeakAnalytics software, which combines quality measurement and risk adjustment metrics on the same web-based software platform. He is also is one of the nation's leading experts on risk adjustment, quality measurement and predictive analytics in the managed care industry. Since 1991, he has been active in the design and implementation of risk adjustment models and risk-adjusted payment systems for commercial, Medicare and Medicaid payers. Lieberman has an in-depth understanding of Medicare, Medicaid and Affordable Care Act statutes, regulations and policies.
Patrick Maher
Patrick Maher
Senior Manager, SAS Global Professional Services, SAS
Patrick Maher is a Senior Manager with SAS' Global Professional Services organization. Maher has over 20 years of experience in statistical analysis and predictive modeling. He has worked on projects within the entertainment, higher and public education, financial services, CPG, pharmaceutical, automotive, health care and services industries. In his 16 years at SAS, he has also served in sales and marketing roles. Previously, Maher was an analyst in the CPG industry and an analyst and project coordinator in health care research.

For the last five years, Maher has lead the US business analytics practice at SAS. The practice's analytical consultants are responsible for data mining, forecasting and predictive modeling solutions across a range of industries. It is the experience leading this all-star team that Maher uses as a basis for this presentation. Maher has a master's degree in research methodology and a bachelor's degree in psychology, both from the University of Pittsburgh.

Ryan Marcum
Ryan Marcum
Vice President for Acquisitions Credit Risk, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
Ryan Marcum serves as Vice President for Acquisitions Credit Risk at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. He is responsible for advancing data visualization, big data analytics and predictive modeling to provide proactive recommendations to support and direct credit policy and strategic business changes. Marcum has over 13 years of experience leading successful data science initiatives within financial services, mortgage and political consulting industries. He is a seasoned developer in multiple programming languages and databases, and has been using SAS for the past 11 years.

Marcum earned his bachelor's in business administration from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls and a Master of Business Administration in marketing and finance from Argosy University, Twin Cities.

Julia Marshall
Julia Marshall
Lead Text Analytics Specialist, Bridgeborn Inc.
Julia Marshall works for Bridgeborn Inc. and is currently on assignment at the US Agency for International Development (USAID). She is the lead text analytics specialist overseeing the implementation of SAS for the Development Experience Clearinghouse within USAID. Marshall has been working on the Development Experience Clearinghouse for the past five years, both as team lead and as the classification librarian. She previously worked for three years at the International Monetary Fund as an indexer and taxonomist. With a background in library science and indexing, she has a great deal of experience in how humans categorize data and how to translate that into machine rules for business benefit.
Xiangxiang Meng
Xiangxiang Meng
Staff Scientist, SAS
Xiangxiang Meng is a Staff Scientist in the Data Science Technologies department at SAS. Xiangxiang received his PhD and MS from the University of Cincinnati. The current focus of his work is on the algorithm development and platform design for machine learning and business intelligence software, including SAS Visual Statistics and SAS In-Memory Statistics on Hadoop. His research interests include decision trees and tree ensemble models, Bayesian networks and Naive Bayes, recommendation systems, and parallelization of machine learning algorithms on distributed data.
Murali Pagolu
Murali Pagolu
Business Analytics Consultant, SAS
Murali Pagolu is a Business Analytics Consultant at SAS and has nine years of consulting experience. He is responsible for implementing analytical solutions, developing proof of concepts and providing sales support to SAS customers across industry verticals in areas like text analytics, data mining for CRM applications, segmentation and predictive modeling. He presented some innovative applications of text analytics such as mining text comments from YouTube videos and patent portfolio analysis at past Analytics Conference Series events. Pagolu has been instrumental in successful implementations of SAS Text Analytics solutions involving topic discovery, content categorization, concept extraction, contextual analysis and sentiment analysis for SAS customers.
Carlos Andre Reis Pinheiro
Carlos Andre Reis Pinheiro
Data Scientist, EMC
Carlos Andre Reis Pinheiro, PhD, is Data Scientist at EMC, Visiting Professor at KU Leuven, Belgium and Lecturer at FGV, Brazil. His current research interests are network analysis for business applications and urban mobility. His analytics career began while working for a Brazilian worldwide shipping company, CSAV. Pinheiro also worked at some of the largest telecommunications providers in Brazil, examining business problems in database marketing, data warehousing, data mining and social network analysis. He is author of Social Network Analysis in Telecommunications and Heuristics in Analytics: A Practical Perspective of What Influences Our Analytical World. Pinheiro holds a PhD in engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
Jo Porter
Jo Porter
Deputy Director, Institute for Health Policy and Practice
Jo Porter, MPH, serves as Deputy Director for the Institute for Health Policy and Practice (IHPP). She is responsible for overall management of a number of health analytic projects within IHPP's Center for Health Analytics, and also oversees operational functions across IHPP. She co-chairs the All-Payer Claims Database (APCD) Council, and has over 15 years of health care-related project management and program development experience. Her research interests are in health data collection and dissemination, and using data to effectively improve health care quality. Porter earned her BS in microbiology from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Public Health from Boston University.
Rob Pratt
Rob Pratt
Senior Manager, Operations Research, SAS
Rob Pratt has worked at SAS since 2000 and is a Senior Manager in the Operations Research department within SAS R&D's Advanced Analytics division. He manages a team of developers responsible for the optimization modeling language, network algorithms and the decomposition algorithm. He earned a PhD in operations research from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Jennifer Priestley
Jennifer Priestley
Professor of Applied Statistics and Data Science, Kennesaw State University
Jennifer Priestley is a Professor of Applied Statistics and Data Science at Kennesaw State University, where she is the Director of the Center for Statistics and Analytical Services. She was recognized by SAS as the 2012 Distinguished Statistics Professor of the Year. Previously, Priestley spent 11 years working in the financial services industry. She has authored published articles about statistics as well as textbook manuals.

Priestley received a bachelor's from Georgia Tech and an MBA from The Pennsylvania State University. She earned her PhD in statistics from Georgia State University in Atlanta. Priestley also holds SAS certifications in Base SAS programming and business analysis.

Andy Pulkstenis
Director of Analytics, State Farm Insurance
Andy Pulkstenis is a Director of Analytics for State Farm Insurance. He leads a team of advanced analytics professionals providing statistical analysis and predictive modeling support for the enterprise across a variety of business units. His background includes over a decade of experience improving business strategies with designed multivariate experiments.

Pulkstenis received his MS degree in statistics from Penn State University and holds a BA in mathematics (statistics minor) from Messiah College. He has spent nearly 20 years in applied business analytics with Trilogy Consulting, Capital One and now State Farm Insurance, with particular focus on predictive modeling, experimental design and statistical recruiting. When not working, Pulkstenis enjoys spending time with his family, NHL hockey and NFL football.

Bob Rodriguez
Bob Rodriguez
Senior Director, Research and Development, SAS
Robert N. Rodriguez is a Senior Director in Research and Development at SAS, with responsibility for the development of statistical software including SAS/STAT and SAS/QC. He received his PhD in statistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and worked as a research statistician at General Motors Research Laboratories before joining SAS in 1983. Rodriguez is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and served as the 2012 president of the ASA.
Kenneth Sanford
Kenneth Sanford
Senior Research Statistician, Advanced Analytics, SAS
Kenneth Sanford is a Senior Research Statistician in Advanced Analytics R&D and an econometric evangelist at SAS. He is responsible for helping to integrate the advanced analytical procedures being created by the development team into SAS' business solutions. Sanford joined SAS after working for a large private consulting firm and holding faculty positions at the University of Cincinnati and Middle Tennessee State University. His work on optimal pricing has been published in the Southern Economic Journal and the Journal of Sports Economics. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Kentucky.
Tugrul Sanli
Senior Director, Advanced Analytics, SAS
Tugrul Sanli is a Senior Director in the Advanced Analytics R&D Division at SAS. He leads the Revenue Management and Price Optimization group, supervising research and development of forecasting and optimization techniques to support revenue management and price optimization. Tugrul also works closely with IDeaS to support the IDeaS G3 next-generation price optimization system. He has been with SAS since 1998. Tugrul has a PhD in operations research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MS in operations research from Columbia University. He has been a visiting professor at UNC several times, teaching courses in statistical inference, regression, decision analysis and mixed linear-integer programming.
Praveen Saxena
Senior Consultant, WellPoint
Praveen Saxena is a senior consultant at WellPoint in advanced analytics. He has more than 12 years of experience mining health insurance data using different SAS data manipulation and data mining tools, particularly SAS Enterprise Miner and SAS/OR®. In his current role at WellPoint he is responsible for developing persistency models and estimating consumer lifetime values for the individual and small group lines of business. His other analytical expertise includes consumer segmentation, design and testing of marketing campaigns, resource optimization using linear programming, targeted marketing and retention, conjoint simulation, and text mining. Saxena holds a graduate degree in business administration, specializing in decision sciences and health services research.
Saratendu Sethi
Saratendu Sethi
Senior Director, Advanced Analytics, SAS
Saratendu Sethi is Senior Director for Advanced Analytics at SAS. Sethi manages the software research and development efforts for SAS Text Analytics solutions. He has extensive experience in software engineering and natural language processing technologies, and is an expert in text processing statistical algorithms and techniques. In addition to supporting core text analytics, machine learning and information retrieval solutions, his team is responsible for the development of linguistic algorithms and dictionaries for solving various NLP problems like tokenization, stemming, part-of-speech tagging and spelling correction. Sethi joined SAS through the acquisition of Teragram. Before joining Teragram, he held research positions at IBM Almaden Research Center and Boston University, specializing in the use of statistical techniques for content-based search using statistical categorization and feature extraction techniques.
Harpreet Singh
Harpreet Singh
Metrician, Humana
Harpreet Singh is currently employed by Humana in Louisville, KY, as a Metrician for the Clinical Analytics team. Singh is responsible for developing and maintaining a suite of predictive analytics to solve critical business problems using the best technologies available. He has a PhD in computational analysis and modeling with a concentration in data mining from Louisiana Tech University. His research interests lie in data mining, predictive analytics and pattern matching.
Landon Starr
Landon Starr
Director of Analytics, American Express
Landon Starr is a Director of Analytics at American Express. Over the last year, he has focused on optimizing customer relationship management (CRM) through trigger messaging, high-frequency chained messaging, and sophisticated performance assessment to make fast-paced and statistically significant decisions on customer communication strategies. Prior to American Express, Starr headed the analytics team for an asset-backed-security hedge fund, where he was responsible for leading acquisition, behavioral modeling and analytical fund allocation strategies on a $3 billion portfolio. Starr holds an MS in finance and a BS in economics from the University of Utah.
Sue Talley
Sue Talley
Dean of Technology, Capella University, School of Business and Technology
Sue Talley, EdD is the Dean of Technology at Capella University's School of Business and Technology. She joined Capella University's School of Undergraduate Studies as Faculty Director in 2006 and became Dean of Technology in the School of Business and Technology in 2012. Her background includes teaching and program director positions at Pepperdine University. Talley also worked for Apple in Cupertino, CA. She currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for Campus Technology. Talley completed her master's and her doctoral work in educational technology at Pepperdine University.
Wayne Thompson
Wayne Thompson
Chief Data Scientist, SAS
Wayne Thompson is the Chief Data Scientist at SAS and a globally renowned presenter, teacher, practitioner and innovator in the fields of data mining and machine learning. Over the course of his 20-year tenure at SAS, he has been credited with bringing to market many landmark SAS analytics technologies, including SAS Text Miner, Credit Scoring for SAS Enterprise Miner and SAS Model Manager. Current focus initiatives include easy-to-use, self-service data mining tools for business analysts, outlier detection and description, entity analytics, and recommendation engines with a heavy focus on highly interactive, in-memory analytics optimized for Hadoop.

He received his master's and PhD from the University of Tennessee. Thompson was also a visiting scientist at the Institut superieur d'agriculture de Lille, Lille, France.

Wayne Thompson
Wayne Thompson
Chief Data Scientist, SAS
Wayne Thompson is the Chief Data Scientist at SAS and a globally renowned presenter, teacher, practitioner and innovator in the fields of data mining and machine learning. Over the course of his 20-year tenure at SAS, he has been credited with bringing to market many landmark SAS analytics technologies, including SAS Text Miner, Credit Scoring for SAS Enterprise Miner and SAS Model Manager. Current focus initiatives include easy-to-use, self-service data mining tools for business analysts, outlier detection and description, entity analytics, and recommendation engines with a heavy focus on highly interactive, in-memory analytics optimized for Hadoop.

He received his master's and PhD from the University of Tennessee. Thompson was also a visiting scientist at the Institut superieur d'agriculture de Lille, Lille, France.

Michele Trovero
Michele Trovero
Research Statistician Developer, SAS
Michele Trovero is a research statistician developer in the Forecasting R&D group at SAS. His interests cover a wide variety of topics related to forecasting and time series analysis, including large-scale automatic forecasting, judgmental forecasting, state space models, and long-memory time series. He has presented at several international conferences on these topics. He received a PhD in statistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has a degree in economics from Bocconi University in Milan.
Pieter van Ispelen
Performance Analytics at American, American Express
Pieter van Ispelen is Director of Performance Analytics at American Express, currently focusing on developing marketing analytics and business intelligence capabilities for the US card business. He has previously held leadership positions within both risk and information management, using analytics to drive international credit card marketing and acquisitions. This includes the development of customer-focused sales processes through the design and implementation of an end-to-end segmentation framework for international markets. Prior to American Express, van Ispelen was part of the research faculty at Arizona State University testing neural net analytics in the field of agricultural economics. He has master's degrees in econometrics and information technology from the Erasmus University Rotterdam and in economics from Arizona State University.
Lan Wang
Global Analytics, Ford Motor Credit Co.
Lan Wang works in the Global Analytics Department at Ford Motor Credit Co. She received her PhD in mathematics and later became an Associate in the Society of Actuaries. After working as an assistant professor at University of Michigan and an actuarial analyst at a pension consulting firm, she joined Ford Motor Co. She worked in the Research and Innovation Center and Ford pension group before joining the Ford Motor Credit Co. in the Global Analytics Department.
Daryl Wansink
Daryl Wansink
Director of Health Economics, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina
Daryl Wansink, PhD, has 17 years of experience in the health insurance industry, the last six of which with Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina as the Director of Health Economics. His work encompasses both the evaluation of health management programs and the segmentation strategy to engage patients in the programs. Wansink provides analytic support for the design and implementation of provider quality and efficiency programs, such as pay for performance, tiering and quality recognition. He uses bundled payment software for various analytic purposes in provider assessment. Wansink also studies the impact of benefit design on health behavior and access to care.
Jonathan Wexler
Jonathan Wexler
Principal Product Manager, SAS
Jonathan Wexler is the Principal Product Manager responsible for SAS Enterprise Miner and SAS High-Performance Analytics. His responsibilities include gathering market-driven requirements from customers, partners, prospects, analysts and other external resources in order to set future product direction. He has a particular passion for bringing to market products that enable operationalizing the analytical life cycle. Wexler has a master's degree in biostatistics and undergraduate degree in mathematics/statistics, with more than 18 years of experience using SAS. He has served as a speaker for the Analytics Conference Series and SAS Global Forum.
Bill Wheatley
JPMorgan Chase
Craig Willis
Physicians Pharmacy Alliance
Craig Willis is responsible for all analytic and reporting functions at Physicians Pharmacy Alliance (PPA). He manages a team responsible for delivering business intelligence, clinical informatics and health care economics content in support of pharmacy operations, clinical services, patient relations, sales and executive leadership teams. He led the acquisition and deployment of SAS Visual Analytics as an enterprise solution for PPA. PPA is a Medication Care Management pharmacy services company working with health plans and FFS providers in multiple states. Willis attended North Carolina State University and lives in Cary, NC, with his wife and son. He has presented previously at the SAS Health and Life Sciences Executive Conference.
Josh Wills
Josh Wills
Senior Director of Data Science, Cloudera
Josh Wills is Cloudera's Senior Director of Data Science, working with customers and engineers to develop Hadoop-based solutions across a wide range of industries. Prior to joining Cloudera, Wills spent four years at Google, where he worked on the ad auction system and then led the development of the analytics infrastructure used in Google Plus.
Hamed Zahedi
Hamed Zahedi
Program Manager, Humana
Dr. Hamed Zahedi is a Program Manager working on analytics, data mining and predictive modeling for health care data, and co-leads the Predictive Modeling team within the Clinical Analytics department at Humana. He has led the development and implementation of several clinical predictive models to enable the business to identify individuals most in need of clinical management. Those individuals are then enrolled in clinical programs. Zahedi has a PhD in applied mathematics from the University of Louisville, where his dissertation work focused on analytics in the health care industry. He authored a book chapter and presented his work at Analytics 2011, PharmaSUG and other analytics conferences.
Aiman Zeid
Aiman Zeid
Senior Manager, Management Consulting, SAS
Aiman Zeid heads Organizational Transformation Services for SAS' Global Business Consulting unit. Zeid specializes in evaluating organizational maturity and readiness to deploy and use business analytics. He works with organizations in all industries to assess their technical information management infrastructure, resources, skills, processes and culture. He has 29 years of experience in information management, business consulting and technical implementation of business analytics and performance management solutions. Zeid holds an MBA and a BS in engineering from George Washington University. Prior to joining SAS, Zeid held several senior research and analysis positions with consulting firms, including Battelle Institute and the Hay Group, where he applied SAS and other technologies to support the business requirements and strategies of organizations in the public, private and research sectors.
Vivian Zhou
Director of Planning and Data Analysis, WellPoint Inc.
Weifang Vivian Zhou is Director of Planning and Data Analysis at WellPoint Inc., supporting individual and small group business intelligence. In her current role, she leads projects that provide key strategic guidance to business for individual and small group segments on customer segmentation, lapse prediction, lifetime value estimates, marketing media optimization, and consumer choice simulation. She has extensive experience in cost of care, provider contracting, physician pay for performance, and medical management. She received a Master of Public Health from UCLA and a BS in psychology from the University of California, San Diego.
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