Who we are
The Skype for Business Users Group Community is targeted at IT Pros and Developers interested in Microsoft Unified Communications. Our goal is to provide the community with valuable information as it relates to all forms of Microsoft Unified Communications. Our meetings will include both technical and Business information relating to Skype for Business and educate by bringing subject matter experts on the Microsoft Unified Communications platform, Skype for Business, to incubate and grow general knowledge to each community.
The Skype for Business Users Group is organized exclusively as a trade association within the meaning of section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code or the corresponding section of any future United States Internal Revenue law.
Kevin Peters – President Emeritus
Kevin Peters is the Director of Professional Services at Unify², specializing in architecture and design of large UC voice deployments as well as managing a team of consultants and senior consultants. Kevin has over 10 years in the IT industry and holds both Microsoft Certified Master in Lync 2010 and MCSM in Lync 2013. Prior to joining Unify Square, Kevin was the Unified Communications Practice Lead for a Microsoft partner covering the Central and Heartland districts in the U.S. In addition to being a board member and LCO at the Skype UG, Kevin is the President of local charity group in Cincinnati, sings and plays guitar in a Cincinnati based rock band, and is an active Taekwondo student, demonstration team member, and instructor. You can keep up with Kevin on twitter via @lyncguy.
Adam Curry – President
Adam is a Unified Communications Consultant with Unify Square and an expert in Microsoft Unified Communications technologies. Adam has accumulated over 10 years’ worth of experience in various systems and networking systems. His experience ranges from higher education and manufacturing industries to consulting. Adam has utilized numerous Microsoft technologies including messaging and Unified Communications, and has a breadth of experience that falls within many IT organizations. Adam possesses experience in all stages of development, architecture, and deployment of Microsoft Lync deployments. He is especially knowledgeable in Enterprise Voice for SMB companies in the Midwest to larger national organizations. Adam writes a Lync blog www.mostlyuc.com and can be reached on Twitter via @mostlyuc
Jeff Schertz – Director of Community Engagement
Jeff works as a Microsoft Solutions Architect for Polycom. With nearly two decades of experience in the IT industry, he’s consulted on projects ranging from targeted global messaging migrations down to supplying complete IT solutions for small businesses. Jeff has held several system administration positions for school districts, software developers, consumer product manufacturers and data/voice service providers. Jeff lives in Chicago’s Northwest suburbs and enjoys playing guitar, photography, snowboarding, traveling, and motorcycle racing.
Michael Tressler – Director of Technology
Michael is a Senior Consultant for Microsoft focused on Skype for Business. He authored the book “Enterprise Voice in Skype for Business” and has been a Chapter Organizer for the past several years. He has been working in IT for over 20 years ranging form Windows NT 3.1 to networks and firewalls to unified communications. Michael lives in Nashville, Tennessee and in his spare time he likes traveling and a fresh beer or two.
He can be reached on Twitter via @flinchbot.
Josh Blalock – Director of Content
Josh is a Sr. UC Consultant with Integration Partners, specializing in Skype for Business deployments of all types, though he tends to be partial to Hybrid. His Microsoft-based career in IT began over 12 years ago as an Exchange Administrator in the United States Air Force, but his real sweet spot has been in the UC realm the last few years. Josh enjoys being a regular part of the Skype for Business social community as a blogger, the author of the eBook “Skype for Business Hybrid Handbook”, and the guy in the cowboy hat on the weekly #Skype4BRecap webcast. He can be reached in the Twitterverse as @GetCsJosh, and with the SIP address email@example.com.
Heidi Gloudemans – Advisor to the Board
Heidi started her career in IT almost 15 years ago, and has developed a love for all things UC: First as a Systems Engineer, then as a Solutions Architect and most recently supporting Northwest Enterprise customers directly for Microsoft. In her spare time, she is an avid dressage enthusiast who participates in FEI with her horse “Doublette.”
The Skype for Business Users Group would not be able to run with the help of Local Chapter Organizers. These people have the job of truly running each location and are the lifeblood of the organization.
Atlanta, GA · Drago Totev
Bio Coming Soon.
Austin, TX · Thad Trusler
Thad Trusler is a UC Consultant with 25 years of IT industry experience, including support, development, systems engineering, architecture design, and consulting roles with companies ranging from startup to Fortune 5. He began his IT career in an Air Force data center hanging reel-to-reel backup tapes and changing printer paper while attending Oklahoma State University for a degree in Electrical Engineering Technology. Starting his UC journey with a global deployment of OCS 2007 R2 in 2008, he has designed and implemented deployments hosting over 600,000 users in over 60 countries. He spends his free time in Round Rock, Texas, brewing beer, playing bass in a local band, coordinating camping trips with his son and Cub Scout Pack 404 and bragging about his amazing wife of 12 years.
Baltimore, MD · Xadean Ahmasi
Xadean Ahmasi is the President of BizTech Fusion and has an 18+ year proven track record of architecting and instituting effective global Information Technology strategies. Xadean has a telecom management background which includes senior-level consulting for AT&T and BT. Xadean has been responsible for the planning, design, and implementation of multiple Lync solutions on large-scale, complex multi-technology projects for enterprise customers.
Boise, ID · Mark Vogl
Mark began his IT career almost 20 years ago as an IT Administrator working for various engineering and architectural firms. He Started working for Cerium Networks in 2005 with a specialization in all things related to Unified Communications, especially focusing on integrations between platforms. Mark not only has expertise in Microsoft infrastructure, but also other Unified Communications Platforms. He has his Microsoft Certified Solutions Masters certification for Lync 2013, and currently works as the Director of Microsoft Engineering Services for Cerium Networks.
Charlotte, NC · Chris Wilkinson
Chris Wilkinson has 15 years of Information Technology industry experience. Chris has been with Biz Technology Solutions for 12 years. Chris is the IT Director responsible for technical direction of the company as well as operations of the team. Chris has served as technical team lead and project manager prior to moving into the IT Director role 7 years ago. Chris and Biz Technology Solutions have been involved with Lync through OCS 2007, Lync 2010/2013 and most recently Skype for Business. Chris works with Lync on customer demos, licensing and scoping, and vendor management. Outside of the office Chris enjoys any outdoor activity. The majority of his time is spent on the family farm running heavy equipment or riding motocross.
Cleveland, OH · Dustin Miller
Dustin is a Network Solutions Manager and leads the Skype for Business practice at BCG Systems, Inc.. He brings more than fifteen years of technology experience through a variety of IT positions including executive, consultant, engineer and adjunct professor. Dustin has worked with SMB and midsize companies in many industries on Skype for Business and other technologies including Microsoft, Storage, Networking, and Virtualization. Dustin also enjoys hiking, cycling, and skiing. Dustin blogs at www.mindursfb.com and can be reached on Twitter at @stinmiller.
Detroit, MI · Britt Baubie
Britt Baubie is a Principal Consultant with CDW. With over 20 years of experience in Microsoft products. Britt assists large enterprises with deployments of Skype for Business and Cloud PBX and currently works with enterprise organizations to design voice solutions around the Skype for Business platform. Britt’s specialties include PBX integration with systems such as Avaya, Cisco Call Manager, Asterisk, Mitel, Shoretel as well as mobile devices and AudioCodes and Sonus gateway design and configuration.
Britt also specializes in the monitoring and management of Skype for Business infrastructure, voice and video performance as well as video integration.
In his spare time, Britt enjoys sailing, woodworking, home improvement, travel and playing and listening to music. Britt can be reached on Twitter @vexillus74.
Kansas City, MO · Henry Creagh, Nick Elniff
Henry has been in the IT services industry for the past 29 years and has spent the last 21 years working for Horizons Consulting as an architect, integrator, and tier-3 support focused on helping our customers implement collaborations solutions. He was a member of the Microsoft JDP for each version of LCS, and Microsoft TAP for each version of OCS, Lync, and Exchange.
He became a Microsoft Certified Master for OCS 2007 R2 in November 2009.
Nick is a Unified Communications Consultant at Modality Systems – with a focus in Skype for Business/Lync, Exchange, and the Office 365 suite. Nick has been a part of a number of Skype4B/Lync projects spanning Higher Education, Non-Profit, Finance, Health, and Engineering organizations. Nick’s has 7+ years of IT experience that spans across the IT landscape: leadership/management, communications, virtualization, data storage, server and network systems. Outside of IT he enjoys to stay active with running, golfing, and other sports.
Los Angeles · Sergey Goloshchapov
Sergey Goloshchapov works at Microsoft as Premier Field Engineer. He joined Microsoft in 2011 as an Exchange support engineer and switched his focus to Unified Communications in 2012. Originally from Russia, Sergey moved to Irvine, CA in 2016 and joined Skype for Business Users Group as a local chapter organizer for LA/OC area. In his spare time he enjoys playing guitar, bodyboarding and gaming.
Milwaukee · Andrew Bronstad
Andrew is a Unified Communications Managing Architect in Concurrency’s Infrastructure Practice. Andrew is expert in design and deployment of Microsoft Skype for Business solutions that meet clients’ unique needs. Andrew has facilitated upgrades from a wide range of communications platforms including TDM and IP based PBX. He is also expert in Microsoft Exchange Server technologies and coordinates deployments comprehensive solutions encompassing both Exchange and Skype for Business. In addition, Andrew helps clients plan and migrate server functions to the cloud, in Microsoft’s Office 365, Exchange Online and Skype for Business Online solutions.
Nashville, TN · Joe Goodwin, Michael Tressler
Joe Goodwin is a Unified Communications Architect for a 75k+ user deployment of Lync 2013/Skype for Business. Joe has over 15 years of experience involved with Lync through LCS, OCS 2007, Lync 2010/2013 and most recently Skype for Business of experience.
For Michael, see bio above.
New York, NY · Guy Bachar
Guy is Microsoft Solution Architect for Neway Technologies, Inc. in New York and also a Microsoft P-Seller for SfB and Cloud.
He specializes in Cloud & Unified Communications technologies with over than 14 years of experience in ICT consulting and also enjoys being part of the Skype for Business social community and writing PowerShell scripts to help with the day-to-day tasks.
Guy can be found on Twitter @GuyBachar or via his blog at guybachar.net.”
Philadelphia, PA · Bhargav Shukla
Bhargav works as a Director of Technology for Strategic Alliances Group at KEMP Technologies. Having worked in the IT industry for more than 19 years, he’s worked on multitude of technologies including Microsoft SfB, Lync, Exchange, Azure and VMware. Jeff has held several systems engineering positions for companies small and large MNCs.
In field of UC, Bhargav provided technical guidance to many large customers of Microsoft Premier Field Engineering. He is also one of the very few worldwide MCMs to hold the prestigious dual Microsoft Certified Master certification for Microsoft Exchange and Lync as well as MCSM for Exchange 2013. He is current Microsoft MVP for Servers and Services.
Bhargav started Philadelphia UC User Group 6 years ago and continues to make positive contribution as the founder of the group to local communities in tristate area.
Portland, OR · Chris Lehr
Chris Lehr has been working in Microsoft Messaging and Communications for over 20 years and lives in Portland, OR. He blogs frequently on Exchange, Lync, Skype, and Office 365 topics at http://blog.chrislehr.com/
San Francisco, CA · James Denavit
James Denavit is a Technical Solution Professional with Microsoft. He has worked with Microsoft Unified Communications since the release of Office Communications Server 2007 as an architect and consultant and earned the Microsoft Certified Master certification in 2012. James moved to San Francisco and joined Microsoft in the fall of 2015.
Silicon Valley, CA · Adam Jacobs
Adam Jacobs works at Polycom as Principal Microsoft Architect, he regularly presents/blogs about Skype for Business and has been co-managing Microsoft UC user groups in both London and San Jose, CA. Adam has been a Skype for Business MVP since 2010.