Hey Checkyourlogs fans,

Today I finally get to write about something that has been in the works for quite some time. I am super pleased to announce that I will be the new Tech Mentor Conference Co-Chair with Sami Laiho for 2018. So, what does this mean for you? It means that I encourage anyone that wants to submit sessions to do so here:


We are anticipating the largest speaker session submission for any Tech Mentor Event ever. Especially, this being the 20th anniversary of the event we want it to be the biggest and the best yet.

Here is snip from the press release regarding this huge announcement:

1105 Media Announces Two TechMentor IT Pro Conferences in 2018, its 20th Anniversary Year; Dave Kawula to Assume Conference Co-Chair Duties

IRVINE, California – October 16, 2017 – 1105 Media’s TechMentor conference is proud to announce its 20th year as the leading provider of quality education and unbiased, 3rd party training for IT Pros. In an era when IT conferences come and go, TechMentor marks two decades as the go-to training conference for IT professionals looking for how-to technical information on deploying, managing, and supporting Microsoft and related products and technologies.

To kick off its anniversary year, TechMentor conferences announces its 2018 conference schedule:

TechMentor Redmond – August 6 – 10, 2018 at Microsoft Headquarters in Redmond, WA, www.techmentorevents.com.

TechMentor Orlando – December 2 – 7, 2018, a part of Live! 360, at Loews Royal Pacific Resort in Orlando, FL, www.techmentorevents.com.

Brent Sutton, TechMentor Director and Vice President, Events, reflected on the 20th anniversary by saying, “Thanks to our conference chairs, event team, and loyal attendees, we’ve been able to grow and thrive as a B2B conference that provides IT professionals with the education and training they need to stay up-to-date and ensure their relevance in the future. I’m excited to mark this major milestone and begin our anniversary year with a great team that now includes Dave Kawula as conference co-chair working with Sami Laiho.”

“Becoming a co-chair for TechMentor is one of the biggest highlights of my career,” says Dave Kawula, Principal Consultant at TriCon Elite Consulting. “Just look at the list of speakers that have spoken at this event over the past 20 years and you will see what I mean. This is an exciting time for TechMentor as there have been so many advances in technology in the past 18 months. What you can expect moving forward is fresh content from an expanded pool of speakers. My goal is for attendees to leave each session saying, ‘Wow that was amazing.’ You can also expect some new and innovative changes that will help TechMentor continue for another 20 years.”

“I am super-thrilled to have Dave as my co-chair for TechMentor!” adds Sami Laiho, Senior Technical Fellow at Adminize. “I’m stationed in Europe, and Dave in North America, which allows us to have global coverage when hunting for the best speakers for TechMentor. Dave brings decades of experience and an unparalleled connection to IT Pro communities. We will continue to offer the best topics and presenters possible, foster unparalleled access to speakers, and keep the conference as intimate as always!”

The TechMentor Redmond 2018 Call for Papers is now open through December 15. Sessions and workshops as being solicited in the following areas:

Hybrid and Cloud Operations

Client Devices



IT Security

IT Soft Skills

Submit your session proposals at https://sessionize.com/techmentor-redmond-2018.

Details on all events are available at www.techmentorevents.com.

TechMentor is offering sponsorship packages for these events, as well as demo theater and speaking opportunities. Additional information can be obtained by contacting Brent Sutton at bsutton@1105Media.com or 415.518.1962. For user groups, bloggers, or applicable websites, media partnership programs are also available. For more information, contact Merikay Marzoni at 425.277.9151 or at mmarzoni@1105media.com.

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About TechMentor

Since 1998, TechMentor conferences provide IT professionals with the real-world, practical training needed to solve todays IT challenge. Sessions and workshops are taught by 3rd party industry experts and Microsoft insiders, while networking events allow attendees to take conversations further with the instructors and fellow colleagues.  www.techmentorevents.com