Mike Downie, Senior Developer, Expero
After completing his degree in Computer Science, Mike continued to work for a software consulting company, helping them to grow from 4 employees to more than 60 over the course of a decade. He gained expertise through success on a diverse set of projects. Project work included data acquisition and control, database applications and user interface design. During this period Mike also built software teams, studying software project management,estimation, requirements gathering, application lifecycle management and learning to effectively mentor junior developers. Mike’s most recent work includes database design and front-end development for enterprise resource planning systems. He continues to look for difficult problems needing great solutions.
Gehrig Kunz, Product Marketing Specialist
Gehrig's roles the past several years at DataStax have covered a range of topics including fostering its open source community, market research, use case analysis, journey mapping, and messaging. He's worked in domains from business intelligence to distributed database systems as well as stints at Walt Disney; and Jaspersoft, acquired by TIBCO. Gehrig is passionate about Game of Thrones and helping others learn how to build and scale cloud applications. Gehrig earned a BSBA from the University of Arizona.