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Summerfest Tech Guest Speakers 

Summerfest Tech has assembled national, regional, and local leaders in their field to create a star lineup. Explore our speakers and their biographies below.

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KEYNOTE EXECUTIVES

Mike Ellis

Mike Ellis

Mike Ellis

Executive Vice President and Chief Digital & Customer Officer
Johnson Controls

Michael Ellis is executive vice president and chief customer & digital officer for Johnson Controls. In this role, Ellis will serve as an officer of the company and oversee Johnson Controls digital strategy, innovation and execution, working closely with customers to drive new growth and value opportunities across the globe.

Ellis previously served as global managing director of Accenture where he advised Fortune 1000 CEOs in developing digital strategy and innovation for new transformative revenue opportunities and industry leadership. Prior to joining Accenture as an executive in 2018, Ellis was president, chairman and CEO of ForgeRock, a global digital security software company. Earlier in his career, Ellis served in leadership roles at SAP, Oracle, i2 Technologies and Apple Inc.

Ellis received two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Minnesota and has participated in executive programs at the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Bill Borkowicz​

Bill Borkowicz​

Bill Borkowicz

Director of Sales for Data and Software Solutions
U.S. Cellular®

Bill Borkowicz, Director of Sales for Data and Software Solutions at U.S. Cellular, leads a team of professionals that recommend, design and deploy IoT solutions to the company’s business and government clients. He has an undergraduate degree in information systems with an emphasis in database administration and earned his MBA from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh in 2012.

Rashaun Williams

Rashaun Williams

Rashaun Williams

Venture Capitalist​
Manhattan Venture Partners

Rashaun Williams, an expert in the financial world looks to share his life story and passions for financial literacy and tech investing. From a youth on the south side of Chicago, to an investment banker at Goldman Sachs, learn how Rashaun Williams went started Queensbridge Venture Partners with hip-hop artist and investor, Nas, and working with other celebrities and athletes as tech investors.

For more background and information on Rashaun, please visit Rashaun's page

BREAKOUT SESSION EXECUTIVES

Girish Ramachandra

Girish Ramachandra

Girish Ramachandra

Senior Manager
Wipfli LLP

Girish Ramachandra leads national Technology Industry practice at Wipfli. Over the past 21 years, he has been an entrepreneur himself and has worked with a number of technology companies helping them to scale up to the next level. Girish leverages his vast experience and knowledge of how technology can optimize operational efficiencies and maximize growth potential, to help start-ups and/or scale-ups, and investors to collaborate and establish sound business models.

John McDonald

John McDonald

John McDonald

Attorney
Godfrey & Kahn

John McDonald is a shareholder at Godfrey & Kahn and chair of the Startups & Venture Capital team. John counsels clients on all stages of a business, from formation, financing and capitalization to exit strategies. In his startup company work, John regularly advises early stage companies and venture capital funds in connection with both capital and debt financings..

Dan Reed

Dan Reed

Dan Reed

Managing Director
American Family Ventures

As the Manufacturing Industry Solutions Leader at Intel, Ms Bunzel is responsible for the growth of advanced technology in global manufacturing. She has spent the last 30 years helping manufacturers optimize maintenance and production operations levering the science of asset reliability and best practices.