StampedeCon 2012 Speakers

The following great speakers gathered in St. Louis for ///StampedeCon_2012:

Rob Peglar

Rob Peglar – CTO-Americas at EMC Isilon

Rob Peglar is Chief Technology Officer, Americas at EMC Isilon. A 35-year industry veteran and published author, he leads efforts in technology and architecture with strategic customers and partners throughout the Western Hemisphere, and helps to define future EMC offering portfolios incorporating Isilon, including business and technology requirements. He is an Advisor to the Board of Directors of the SNIA, is co-chair of the SNIA Analytics and Big Data Committee, and is former Chair of the SNIA Tutorials. He has extensive experience in data management and analysis, distributed cluster architectures, I/O performance optimization, cloud storage, replication and archiving strategy, storage virtualization, disaster avoidance and compliance, and is a sought-after speaker and panelist at leading storage and cloud- related seminars and conferences worldwide. He was one of 25 senior executives worldwide selected for the CRN ‘Storage Superstars’ Award of 2010, and is one of 200 senior executives serving as a judge for the American Business Awards ‘Stevie’ recognition.  Rob’s goal is to make a difference in the industry, optimize the use and understanding of data by businesses and educate users in this fascinating field.

Alex Miller

Alex Miller – Senior Engineer at Revelytix

Alex Miller is a Senior Engineer with Revelytix, building federated semantic web query technology. Prior to Revelytix, Alex was technical lead at Terracotta, an engineer at BEA Systems, and Chief Architect at MetaMatrix. His interests include Java, concurrency, distributed systems, languages, and software design. Alex enjoys tweeting as @puredanger and blogging at In St. Louis, Alex is the founder of the Strange Loop developer conference and the Lambda Lounge group for the study of functional and dynamic languages. He likes nachos.


Pritam Damania

Pritam Damania – Software Engineer at Facebook

Pritam Damania is a software engineer at Facebook on the HStore team. His work primarily involves backups for HBase, enhancing HDFS to optimize backups for HBase and NameNode High Availability for HDFS. Pritam holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from State University of New York at Stony Brook.
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David Strom

David Strom – Business Channels writer at

David Strom is one of the leading experts on network and Internet technologies and has written and spoken extensively on topics such as VOIP, convergence, email, cloud computing, network management, Internet applications, wireless and Web services for more than 25 years. He is also the creator of an innovative series of video screencast product reviews of enterprise IT products that can be found on and syndicated to various other Web sites.

He has had several editorial management positions for both print and online properties in the enthusiast, gaming, IT, network, channel, and electronics industries, including the editor-in-chief of Network Computing print, Digital, and Tom’s He is currently the business channels editor for where he manages seven different websites on a variety of b2b topics, including ReadWriteCloud and ReadWriteEnterprise.


Frank Cotignola

Frank Cotignola – CIM, Global Analytics and Digital Insights at Kraft Foods

As part of Kraft Food’s CIS (Consumer Insight and Strategy Group), Frank focuses on three key areas: (1) Global Analytics; (2) Social Media Listening and Measurement, and; (2) Community Management and Knowledge Sharing. He also authors the Kraft “Randomness” blog, which focuses on digital and analytic topics. His efforts to develop both free and paid listening platforms and insights have led to the integration and usage of such research into traditional “asking” research and shopper insights at the company. Frank has significant analytic research experience across a number of well-known suppliers and manufacturers, and has spoken at a number of conferences on the research benefits of social media listening.


Bill EldredgeBill Eldredge – Sr. Product Manager, Consumer Insight at Nokia
A graduate of Princeton University, Bill Eldredge began his career as a legislative aide / director for U.S. Congressman Tom Sawyer, where he focused on technology, labor and environmental issues. After getting an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Bill spent 10 years as a consultant and partner with Diamond Mgmt & Technology Consultants (now part of PwC), helping North American telecom carriers and other clients to improve operations and database marketing efforts through improved data management and applied analytics. He has been with Nokia’s analytics team for four years, and now leads a team that ingests, transforms, analyzes and manages disparate consumer and operational data assets from across Nokia’s applications and services.


Erich Hochmuth

Erich Hochmuth – High Performance Analytics Team Lead for Monsanto’s R&D IT

Erich Hochmuth is lead of the Big Data and Analytics IT team that supports R&D at Monsanto. For the past three years Erich has been working on a cross functional team to build a heterogeneous computing stack to meet the compute and analytic needs of Monsanto’s scientific community. Erich has 10 plus years of experience in the local St. Louis IT community and is a graduate of the Missouri University of Science and Technology.


Scott Fines

Scott Fines – Software Engineer at NISC

Scott Fines is a software engineer specializing in building high-throughput distributed applications for use in next-generation electric grids. In a previous life, he acquired a Master’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Missouri, Columbia, where he studied numerical analysis and high-performance computing.


Jim Duey

Jim Duey – Programmer at Lonocloud

Jim is a 20+ years professional programmer with the last 3 being in Clojure. He’s done work with embedded systems in multiple industries and languages like Forth, Delphi and C++. He currently works at Lonocloud and his blog on Clojure programming is at