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Adjusting Technology Management
to Cope with Change and Crisis

A Business Forum Panel Luncheon

To be held on

Wednesday, January 16th, 2002


The Los Angeles Marriott Hotel from 11:45am to 1:30pm

The Panel of Experts answering the Questions of our Guests will include:

Richard Polak founded Polak International Consultants Inc. six years ago to respond to the demands of fast growing international companies needing to attract and retain the best talent, expatriate, third country and local national staff.  Since then, the Firm has consulted to over two hundred multinational clients in more than 60 countries on a wide variety of projects, including offshore and qualified retirement and health & welfare plans, multinational pooling, compensation practices and benchmarking and employee communications.  Some of their clients are: Sun Microsystems, Janus Mutual Funds and Discovery Channel.  In addition, Polak International Consultants, Inc. acts as international consultants for 26 consulting firms.

Gerald Adams is a founder of VISION Consulting Inc. and the company’s leading technological innovator. He continually advances his conceptual innovations and software designs skills, resulting in technological breakthroughs for clients. Gerald is a technologist who is firmly rooted in business realities and practicalities. Clients appreciate his ability to translate technology into the language of business and value his short-timescale approach of technology delivery.  He has lead strategic technology projects for telephone and internet banks, new systems architectures and internet ventures. He has achieved significant results for companies such as: Swiss Bank Corp, Bank of Ireland, Dime Bank of New York and Citibank. Working with Warner Music Group, Gerald headed the team that created a new publishing model for the entertainment industry, which allows it to promote and break new artists on the internet in a timely and effective manner.  Gerald holds a degree in engineering and mathematics from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, and extra-curricular passions include art, anthropology and history. 

Robert M. McClory founded Compel in 1979, to provide data center electrical systems, cabling, fiber and network installations.  He was President and CEO until December 2001 at In the twenty-three (23) years, Compel has grown into a full service organization with more than 600 employees and 7 regional offices throughout the United States. He successfully managed the company’s growth and expanded services, and has created strong associations with the leading manufacturers of computer power, data communications, and telecommunications support products and equipment.  His educationonal background includes:  Cerritos College – AA Engineering/Physics;  Long Beach State College – BS Mechanical Engineering;  Building Industry Consulting Service International, Inc. (BICSI) – Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD). 

John Howie of Alliance Integration Inc. is an experienced consultant with a wide range of operating systems, programming languages, and network experience in a variety of industry sectors including the Financial, Defense, Education, Entertainment, Professional Services, and Telecommunications sectors. He is a recognized expert in the field of Computer Security and has authored and presented training courses and seminars on the subject. He has also written several magazine and newsletter articles covering various aspects of security including deploying Public Key Infrastructures (PKI), Smart Cards, IPSec, and incident response.

Paul Morrell is the President of DuMonde Solutions Inc. With a history of working with PeopleSoft starting in 1989 when the company was still a start-up, Paul has had many opportunities to optimize the application for diverse enterprise requirements. He has worked closely with PeopleSoft and clients in a number of collaborative projects in Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America.  Paul has presented at numerous local, national and international forums and most recently spoke on Managing Global Inter-connected HRMS Projects at HRTech and Salary Planning: Past, Present and Future at the International Human Resources Information Management conference. Prior to founding DuMonde Solutions, Paul held critical technology roles at AG Consulting and Siemens ICN (Siemens ROLM).

Kevin AP Kirchman is Chairman of the Board and CEO of Worldfree Corporation since 1998.  Kevin has been in the computer software industry since 1974. He held positions in all facets of the software business - from sales and marketing (VP of Sales and Marketing, VP of International Marketing), documentation, and programming, to research & development (VP of AI Applications), with his family's company, The Kirchman Corporation, a software company founded in 1968 in Orlando, Florida. His education includes degrees in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (Cornell University) and Computer Science (University of Georgia), as well as graduate work in philosophy (The London School of Economics). He is the author of Aspirations: The Rational Foundations of Achievement, a new book that presents his historically distinct epistemological theory (theory of knowledge, including new theories of concepts, deduction, induction and perception).  Worldfree's products draw on his innovative, proprietary new perspectives.

Paul Minton is a management consultant who has developed and implemented successful business strategies in a variety of industries including high technology, industrial, consumer products, financial services and professional services.  His clients include Cisco Systems Capital, Toshiba Medical Systems, Phoenix Technologies, and Hormel, and he serves on the Board of Directors of a profitable fab-less semiconductor company.  Paul started two companies and held executive positions in several firms before committing his time to speaking, writing, training, and consulting on business strategy ten years ago. Paul’s practical approach to strategy draws on two decades of hands-on, real-world experience from the school of hard knocks integrated with management concepts he learned in business school.  Paul graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.A. in Economics and holds an M.A. from the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University.

William F. Nowacki, Jr. is the Chief Marketing Officer for One Community, Inc. and he has enjoyed a successful 20-year career in the High Technology sector serving in systems engineering, sales, and marketing roles. He has experienced the full breadth of the sector serving hardware, software, and consulting enterprises. Most recently Bill held the position of Senior Vice President of Sales and Solutions Marketing for EXE Technologies, Inc. He managed a multi-million dollar P&L and drove the company's restructuring around vertical industry solutions. Bill has held other executive roles including President of -- a supply chain solution provider for multi--channel retailers - and CEO of HYPERparallel -- a data mining technology company that he merged with Yahoo!.

SA Rabinovitz is a computer investigator with the Federal Bureau of Investigation assigned to the National Infrastructure Protection Center's Counter Terrorism and Counter Intelligence missions. In this role, he is responsible for assessing the capabilities of hostile systems, foreign and domestic, to attack, to infiltrate, and to undermine U.S. computer systems which make up the nation's critical infrastructure network. He has received generalized training in Counter Intelligence and CounterTterrorism, computer network attack and defense techniques, and specific technical training related to such attacks.  Prior to joining the FBI, he worked as an economist for a private consulting firm in Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, D.C. Last year, he was named as the Officer of the Year by the Society of International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators for work he performed on a case when he was assigned to our West Covina Resident Agency.

Robert J. Toering is the founder of Concept Engineering Group, LLC – a company that provides a novel mix of consulting services, all directed at improving the client’s business.  Mr. Toering holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and a Masters in Product Design from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Prior to forming CEG, Mr. Toering spent six years as President of MascoTech / Norris Industries in Los Angeles and four years as President / EVP of divisions of General Defense Corporation in Pennsylvania and Florida.   He has developed strategies for and personally managed corporate turn-arounds and start-ups.  Before moving into general management, he was heavily involved in corporate strategic planning, new business / new product analysis, and the development of new products and new businesses. For a number of years, Mr. Toering was the head of product R&D a major automotive aftermarket supplier. He has been personally involved in development of products ranging from racecar components to military systems.

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