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September 21, 2021 | Minneapolis, MN


Riaz Yusuff, Chief Information Officer | OHR
University of Minnesota

Riaz Yusuff is a Chief Information Office of OHR at the University of Minnesota. Riaz has started his career as a developer and played various roles including project manager, IT manager, and IT director. Before the University of Minnesota, Riaz has worked at Capella University and Computer Science Corporation.

During his 2 decades of experience in IT, Riaz has implemented several on-premise and cloud applications. With his dual Master’s Degree in IT and Business Administration, combined with broad IT experience, Riaz has developed strong business acumen and skill to align IT’s culture to business culture.

Masaood Yunus, Director M&A, Innovation, and Enterprise Architecture

Masaood Yunus is a cross-industry global business technology transformation leader and startup advisor. Masaood’s strategy and execution expertise include mergers and acquisitions, digital transformation, and lean innovation management with a specific focus on emerging technologies.

Kari Brey, AVP Technology

Kari Brey is an experienced technology and business leader with demonstrated achievements in health care, financial, and life insurance organizations. She has experience leading global and cross-functional teams, steering project portfolio management efforts, driving innovation, leading modernization, and transformational initiatives, conducting negotiations, and managing multimillion-dollar initiatives. Kari is recognized for developing strategies and utilizing advanced IT governance to move the adoption of new processes/technology and projects forward. She is also a results-oriented professional providing strategic direction for optimal delivery, directly impacting the organization’s financials, streamlining processes while delivering bottom-line measurable benefits.

Christopher Davis, Chief Information Officer
The Tile Shop

Christopher Davis was hired in October 2020 as Chief Information Officer (CIO). Prior to joining The Tile Shop, Christopher led the technology functions as CIO for Mspark and Express Oil Change & Tire Engineers. He also was a technology leader at Sleep Number for eleven years leading every IT function at least once and spearheaded major transformation efforts for ERP, CRM, eCommerce and infrastructure. He also worked for Pricewaterhouse Coopers, IBM Global Services, Maytag, and Whirlpool in progressive leadership roles. Christopher completed a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a minor in Japanese from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.



Makiza JohnsonGlobal IT Security Manager




Ramon Lopez, Field Chief Technology Officer

Ramon Lopez is Sisense’s Field CTO for the Southwest US region. His primary focus revolves around growing our enterprise client base, supporting pre/post-sales in the region, and helping guide product direction/roadmap. Constantly focused on business strategy, data strategy, and maximizing the value of data, Ramon is a key advisor and source of knowledge to prospects, customers, and our product teams looking to leverage Sisense. Ramon has a master’s in BA with 10 years working with data/applications in the apparel industry and 5 years with Sisense. He is a dad to 2 young kids, enjoys hiking/swimming in southern California where he lives and he’s an avid Surfer.



Stephanie Utesch, Cybersecurity Team Lead

Stephanie Utesch is a Cybersecurity Team Lead at Darktrace, a leading AI company for cyber defense. At Darktrace, Stephanie works with leading organizations in a range of industries to deploy and operationalize cutting-edge technologies. During Stephanie’s tenure at Darktrace, the company has grown to over 5,000 customers and has been the recipient of numerous achievements, including The Golden Bridge Awards – Company of the Year and Fortress Cybersecurity Award for Antigena Email. Stephanie holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Denver and is based in Darktrace’s Chicago office.

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