Keynote Speaker

Thomas Davenport

Tom Davenport
President’s Distinguished Professor of Information Technology and Management at Babson College
Co-founder and Research Director, International Institute for Analytics (IIA)

In addition to his role at Babson College, Tom Davenport guides IIA’s research efforts and is a research fellow at the MIT Center for Digital Business. His books and articles on business process re-engineering, knowledge management, attention management, knowledge worker productivity, and analytical competition helped to establish each of those business ideas.

Davenport’s “Competing on Analytics” article was named one of the 10 “must read” articles in Harvard Business Review’s 75-year history. He is the author or co-author of nine books, including his most recent, written with Jinho Kim, Keeping Up With the Quants: Your Guide to Understanding and Using Analytics.

Presentation Speakers

Robert Gottel, TTX Company

Robert Gottel
Reliability Centered Maintenance Manager
TTX Company

Robert Gottel has 35 years of experience in the rail industry. He worked at Electro-Motive in quality, reliability and system engineering. Gottel has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Valparaiso University, a master's degree in operations research from Illinois Institute of Technology, and a master's degree in engineering management from Northwestern University.

Derek Haynie

Derek Haynie
Manager, Air Operations Technology

Derek Haynie has more than 13 years of systems management experience at FedEx, where he currently leads a team responsible for data systems, reporting strategic measurements to increase aircraft fleet and maintenance reliability and efficiency. He has a history of leading the drive for innovative automation projects for FedEx operations, including the recent implementation of the Air Operations Web Reporting (AOWR) application. This system increases efficiency and reduces costs by providing a centralized reporting portal to evaluate aircraft fleet and maintenance performance.

Mahesh Kumar

Mahesh Kumar
Founder and CEO
Tiger Analytics

Mahesh Kumar, PhD, is the founder and CEO of Tiger Analytics, a boutique consulting company focusing on advanced data analytics. Prior to founding Tiger Analytics, Kumar was on the faculty of the business school at the University of Maryland at College Park. He has extensive experience conducting research and consulting in the area of data mining and statistical modeling. He holds a PhD in operations research from MIT and a bachelor's degree in computer science from IIT Bombay (India). He did postdoctoral work in marketing at MIT Sloan School of Management.

Rodolpho Quiles

Rodolfo A. (Rudy) Quiles
General Manager, Safety Analytics, Department of Safety and Operating Practices
Union Pacific Railroad


Chad Storlie

Chad Storlie
Director, Interline Equipment National Customer Service Center
Union Pacific Railroad

Prior to his current leadership position at Union Pacific Railroad, Chad Storlie held both marketing and sales roles in the Agricultural Products Group and the Domestic Intermodal Group. In these roles he implemented multiple car load statistical forecast processes.

Storlie worked in marketing for General Electric’s Transportation Systems and Aircraft Engine divisions. He is a retired US Army lieutenant colonel Special Forces (Green Berets).

Storlie is an adjunct professor of marketing at Creighton University in Omaha and the author of two books – Combat Leader to Corporate Leader and Battlefield to Business Success – that teach how to translate and apply military skills to business.

Aiman Zeid

Aiman Zeid
Senior Business Consultant and Program Manager

Aiman Zeid has helped organizations on four continents evaluate their organizational maturity and readiness to deploy business analytics. His focus on enterprisewide approaches has made him a sought-after consultant.

His new book, Business Transformation: A Roadmap for Maximizing Organizational Insights, shares a structured approach for organizations to achieve maximum value from their data.

Zeid has 29 years of experience in information management, business consulting, and technical implementation of business analytics and performance management solutions. Prior to joining SAS, he worked as a consultant for Battelle Institute and the Hay Group.

Beverly Nevala

Kimberly Nevala
Director of Business Strategies
SAS Best Practices

Kimberly Nevala is responsible for market analysis and thought leadership, industry education and strategic client strategies in the areas of business intelligence and analytics, data governance and data/information management. A frequent writer and speaker, she is often consulted on the topics of business strategy, business-IT alignment and change management.

A graduate of the University of Rochester in New York, Nevala has a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) in chemical and biomolecular engineering and has written countless articles and books in her career.

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