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Gavriella Schuster

DEI Advocate and Executive Board Director

About Gavriella Schuster

Gavriella has worked in the high-tech industry for the last 30 years. Most recently she was the Corporate Vice President at Microsoft which she recently left after 25 years and has led businesses across multiple disciplines driving digital and cloud transformation, strategy and execution spanning all aspects of business model and product development, launch, marketing, sales and partner development. As a builder and change agent, she specializes in building new businesses.


She is also a fierce advocate for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the high-tech industry. She is a founding sponsor of both the Women in Cloud and Women in Technology Network. She sits on the board of directors for both organizations now as well as Chinasoft International, and the SHE Community. She is a board advisor for Berkshire Partners, Artificial Solutions, Corent Technology, The Women’s Business Collaborative, The International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners and the University of Washington Bothell. Last November she launched her BeCOME framework through a TEDx talk on gender equity and was awarded the ATHENA global leadership award for her advocacy on behalf of women in IT.

Jay McBain

Principal Analyst - Channels, Partnerships, and Ecosystems at Forrester

About Jay McBain

Jay McBain is one of the most visible and respected thought leaders in the global channel. Named 2021 Channel Influencer of the Year by Channel Partners Magazine, Top 40 Under Forty by the Business Review, as well as numerous channel magazines top influencer lists, he is often sought out for industry guidance and future trends. He has spent his 27-year career in various executive channel sales, marketing, and strategy roles within IBM, Lenovo, Autotask, and ChannelEyes. Jay is the principal analyst for global channels, partnerships, and ecosystems at Forrester – one of the most influential global research and advisory firms in the world. 

Kyle Hanslovan

Founder & CEO at Huntress Labs

About Kyle Hanslovan

Kyle Hanslovan hails from the U.S. Intelligence Community where he supported defensive and offensive cyber operations for the past decade. After leaving the NSA, he co-founded Huntress Labs and actively participates in the ethical hacking community as a Black Hat conference trainer, STEM mentor, and Def Con CTF champion. Additionally, he served in the Maryland Air National Guard as a Cyber Warfare Operator. With his background in software development and malware analysis, he enjoys making hackers earn every inch of their access within the networks they compromise.

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Jamie Moore

Director of Account Management at Blackpoint Cyber

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Rob Rae

Senior Vice President of Business Development at Datto

About Rob Rae

With over 25 years experience in B2B markets, Rob has extensive knowledge of IT hardware and software sales. All of Rob’s industry experience has been with 100% channel focused organizations and with channel VARs, solution providers, and managed service providers where he has helped in achieving their sales goals.


Prior to working with Datto, Rob built successful sales and channel teams at Level Platforms (acquired by AVG) and Compaq (acquired by HP).


Rob has been recognized with numerous awards within the channel including being named “CRN Channel Chief” every year since joining Datto. He has also been recognized on many top industry executive, influencer and mid-market executive lists. Rob also sits on a number of industry advisory boards, including CompTIA’s Board of Directors.

Ryan Walsh

Chief Operating Officer at Pax8

About Ryan Walsh

As Chief Operating Officer, Ryan works in alignment with the CEO in executing the vision for Pax8. He develops strategic initiatives and processes to ensure Pax8’s personnel and operational functions are efficient, effective, and innovative. He is responsible for several departments, including Vendor Product Management, Engineering, Product Strategy, Internal Operations, Strategy Sourcing, and Technical Operations. Under his leadership, these teams build the technologies, solutions, and programs that drive the innovative ways Pax8 serves partners and vendors. Ryan is also responsible for upholding and promoting the Pax8 core values across the company.


Ryan has more than 18 years of experience enabling businesses with internet-based IT solutions. He started his career building a re-engineering practice at Deloitte & Touche in the Consulting division and served as Vice President of product management for MX Logic, a cloud-based email and web security company that McAfee acquired in 2009. Before moving into his current role, Ryan spent nine years as Chief Product Officer and Channel Chief at Pax8, leading its product strategies and IT channel program.


Ryan holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Business Economics from Colorado College. He is an award-winning speaker, a CompTIA Channel Advisory Board member, and has been included in CRN’s esteemed list of Channel Chiefs for five consecutive years. Ryan is a dedicated husband and father who enjoys spending time exploring Colorado with his family, or any activity related to basketball.