Call for Topics
Deadline | November 11, 2016

You will need

  • 75-word speaker biography
  • Speaker contact information
  • Presentation title, abstract and three actionable takeaways
  • Links to videos of speaker in action (suggested)
  • Short video of you discussing your session and how Citrix plays an important part in the success of your organization (optional)

The lead presenter in each session will be provided with one complimentary Synergy 2017 Orlando Full Conference Pass.

Synergy 2017 Call for Topics is open!

You are a champion. You’ve worked harder and scaled faster, sprinting past your rivals and producing personal bests to meet your company’s technology and business challenges. Step up to the podium and let us celebrate your excellence: Citrix Synergy 2017 Call for Topics is open. Apply today, and you could be chosen as a guest presenter.

Your peers want to hear how you’ve applied innovative solutions, including lessons learned and key success factors. Tell your story about big wins in enterprise mobility management, app and desktop virtualization, hybrid cloud solutions and enterprise file sync and sharing: if you have conviction and credibility, you’ll make it to the finals.

Submit your proposal for an educational topic supported by proof points, demos or customer examples. Our committee of experts will choose the most compelling to be presented at Citrix Synergy 2017, in Orlando May 23–25.

Topics our attendees want to hear about

Independent selection panel

Call for Topics submissions are being evaluated by an independent selection panel of experts that includes respected industry leaders and IT executives from top organizations. Judges will be looking for compelling, technically robust proposals that can educate, guide and inspire Synergy attendees. They will be alert for proposals that are simply marketing hype or sales pitches.

Dave Brett
End User Computing Architect
Dave is an end user computing, cloud and mobility technical architect/consultant with a passion for delivering solutions that are innovative, resilient and user-friendly. Dave is a founding member of the CTA Program, CUGC Networking SIG leader, Citrix Certified Expert in Virtualisation, Citrix Certified Professional in Mobility and Citrix Certified Associate in Networking. He can be found writing technical articles on his personal blog at and on the Citrix User Group Community site at Follow him on Twitter: @dbretty
Johnny Brister
IT Director
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System
Before joining FMOLHS, Johnny was the IT manager at Pelican State Credit Union, where he led the way in desktop virtualization, enabling remote tellers and accountants the ability to work from virtually anywhere and accomplish their daily workloads. Prior to that, he served in the U.S. Navy onboard a nuclear submarine, the USS Alexandria (SSN757). He has more than 15 years of information systems experience with a degree in Information systems and is currently pursuing another degree in computer information science. He holds several professional certifications, including the CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional).
Doug Brown
The Founder of, Doug has more than 20 years of experience in virtualization, cloud and server-based computing technologies. Prior to DABCC, he worked at Citrix as a senior systems engineer, where he was named Systems Engineer of the Year in 2002. Doug was awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) from 2005-2016, the Citrix Technology Professional (CTP) from 2006-2016, and the VMware vEXPERT for his contributions to the industry. Follow him on Twitter: @douglasabrown and @dabcc
Steve Greenberg
President & Principal Architect
Thin Client Computing
Steve is the founder of Thin Client Computing, a leading technical consulting group based in Scottsdale, Arizona. A pioneer in virtualizing applications, desktops, servers and datacenters since the 1990’s, he is a widely recognized thought leader in virtual and software-defined computing. Known for his focus on providing practical, real-world solutions, Steve is also a popular conference speaker at leading industry events. Clients include American Express, Cox Communications and Mayo Clinic. Follow him on Twitter: @stevegreenberg
Kevin Keller
Director of Information Technology
FedEx Services
Kevin began his career as a programmer out of college, then moved into management of development teams before becoming a director. He has worked at various levels in IT at companies in a variety of industries, including Penwel (subsidiary of Highmark), RPS, Nations Bank, Computer Aid, Heinz and FedEx Services. Kevin attended Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Tobias Kreidl
Academic Computing Team Lead
Northern Arizona University
Originally an astronomer by vocation, having earned his Ph.D. in 1979, Tobias has worked in the IT department of Northern Arizona University as a team lead/senior programmer since 1998, focused on XenServer, XenDesktop, XenApp, NetScaler and GPU technologies. He is a member of the CUGC Phoenix Metro user group, was on the steering committee and is currently Content Working Group Chair. Tobias is a Citrix Technology Professional and is on the Citrix Technology Advocate formation committee, as well as involved with the Citrix Customer Advocacy Program and NVIDIA GRID Community Advisor Program. Follow him on Twitter: @tkreidl
Paul Morrissey
Citrix Consultant
After a life pre-IT completing his chef’s apprenticeship, Paul has spent 18 years in IT, with more than 10 years focused on Citrix products in various roles including admin, engineer and architect. Paul is also a leader of the Toronto CUGC group and a Citrix CUGC global steering committee member. He is always looking for ways to disrupt the traditional EUC workspace and is a huge fan of Citrix products and the flexible work lifestyle they encourage and enable in the traditional enterprise.
Chris Rogers
CTO and Founder
CBR Consulting, Inc.
Chris has over twenty years of IT industry experience, focusing on virtualization, networking, datacenters and Internet architecture including specific expertise with XenServer and NetScaler. An independent Citrix consultant working for a variety of partners and customers, Chris focuses on architecting solutions for commercial and Federal clients. As cofounder of CBR Consulting along with other industry experts, Chris is developing an independent Citrix Consultant Mentoring Program to inject new life into a mostly stagnant consultant pool. Chris has been a CTP since 2009. Follow him on Twitter: @citrixjedi
Thorsten Rood
Principal Architect & Team Leader
Application Networking, net.workers AG
Thorsten is an IT veteran with 2+ decades of experience in systems engineering and architecture. A Citrix Technology Professional program awardee, he’s certified as MCSE/CCE and holds principal architect and team leader roles for application networking at net.workers corporation, a European consultancy and security experts group. He has implemented large-scale installations in almost every industry, as well as finalized a wide range of success stories and early adopter setups for demanding customers. A frequent speaker at Synergy, BriForum, Citrix User Groups and level 400+ technical sessions, you can follow him on Twitter: @ThorstenRood.
Marius Sandbu
Senior Systems Architect
Marius works as a senior system architect for BigTec in Norway where he focuses on software-defined datacenters and EUC. He is a Microsoft MVP, VMware vExpert, NVIDIA grid community advisor and a Citrix technology advocate. He is also one of the CUGC’s Networking SIG (Special Interest Group) leaders and part of the board of the Norwegian Citrix User Group. He is also the author of several NetScaler books. Follow him on Twitter: @msandbu
Joe Shonk
Thin Client Computing
Joe is a veteran consultant in virtualization and server-based computing. By day he works on advanced system deployments and at night can be found roaming the forums and on his blog. Joe has presented at numerous venues and conferences such as BriForum and Citrix GeekSpeak. In 2008, Joe was awarded Microsoft MVP and he also won the BriForum 2008 GeekOut game show. Follow him on Twitter: @joeshonk
Jeannine Watanabe
Director of IT Operations
Western Region, Cox Communications
Jeannine is a results-driven leader with deep expertise in technical solutions, strategic planning and project management. Her career began as an Oracle DBA; then she moved to project and program management before becoming the manager of application development. Jeannine leverages a strong mentoring and coaching background to encourage development and blends awareness of total business needs, integration expertise and technological advances to ensure the best possible results for the organization.
John Wilson
Manager of Citrix and Wintel
Fairview Health Systems
John is currently the manager of the Citrix and Wintel teams at Fairview Health Systems, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has more than 25 years of experience in the IT field, with the last 15 focused on designing, implementing and supporting Citrix environments using XenApp, Provisioning Services, Web Interface, StoreFront, XenDesktop and XenMobile while achieving numerous industry certifications. He is also one of the founding leaders of the Twin Cities Citrix User Group Community. Follow him on Twitter: @badgerpux