2019 Nashville Analytics Summit

September 9-10, 2019 • Omni Hotel Nashville
The Nashville Analytics Summit was created in 2013 by Nashville Technology Council members. With 488% growth since inception, the Summit continues to expand as one of Nashville's largest, locally grown tech events in the region. It focuses on fundamental issues in organizations today: how to effectively leverage big data and analytics. This two-day Summit alternates between hands-on workshops and speaker presentations, presented by experts from various industries and backgrounds. 2019 Speaker Submissions have Closed - Speakers & Sessions to be Announced Soon. New to the Analytics Summit and want a feel for what it's like? Check out the 2018 Nashville Analytics Summit Speakers & Sessions listed here: http://2018.theanalyticssummit.com Click below to Register and Learn more about Sponsorship Opportunities.
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Keynote Speaker

2019 Speakers



Eric Siegel

Keynote Speaker
Predictive Analytics World
Eric Siegel, Ph.D., founder of the Predictive Analytics World (13k attendees since 2009) and Deep Learning World conference series, and executive editor of The Predictive Analytics Times, makes the how and why of predictive analytics (aka machine learning) understandable and captivating. He is the author of the award-winning Predictive Analytics: The Power to Predict Who Will Click, Buy, Lie, or Die, a former Columbia University professor who used to sing to his students, and a renowned speaker and educator who's been commissioned for more than 80 keynote addresses by these industries: ad tech, construction, e-commerce, environmentalism, financial services, government, healthcare, human resources, insurance, law, manufacturing, market research, marketing, news media, pharmaceuticals, restaurants, real estate, and travel.

Eric has appeared on Bloomberg TV and Radio, Business News Network (Canada), Fox News, Israel National Radio, National Geographic Breakthrough, NPR Marketplace, Radio National (Australia), and TheStreet. He and his book have been featured in Big Think, Businessweek, CBS MoneyWatch, Contagious Magazine, The European Business Review, The Financial Times, Forbes, Forrester, Fortune, GQ, Harvard Business Review, The Huffington Post, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, Newsweek, Quartz, Salon, The San Francisco Chronicle, Scientific American, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and WSJ MarketWatch.

Amy Harris

Associate Professor
Middle Tennessee State University
Dr. Amy Harris is an associate professor of information systems and analytics in the Jennings A. Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University. There, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in business intelligence and analytics. She is the 2019 NTC "Champion of the Year".

Amy Kauppila

Senior Analytics Consultant
InfoWorks, Inc.
Amy Kauppila is a senior data scientist at InfoWorks. Before joining InfoWorks, Amy taught engineering courses and researched the statistical factors impacting the reliability of microelectronics as a professor at Vanderbilt. Amy earned her PhD in electrical engineering from Vanderbilt University.

Angela Courtney

Senior Director
Ankura Consulting Group
Angela Courtney is Senior Director of Strategy with Ankura Consulting Group. She lives in the Nashville area and specializes in strategic planning, revenue growth, change leadership, & operations improvement. A published author, she enjoys giving talks on analytics, strategy, & change leadership.

Antone Christianson-Galina

Business Intelligence Consultant
Think Data Insights
I work at Think Data Insights helping clients unlock the power of their data. I am also co-chair of the Davidson County Democratic Party Data Science committee. I’m a Microsoft-certified data scientist and have a master’s degree from the London School of Economics.

Brent Nair

Chief Operating Officer
Cook Systems
Prior to joining Cook Systems in 2017, Brent served as the CIO for the City of Memphis. Prior to that he served as CIO for a national financial services firm and held various roles with various industries including logistics, banking, manufacturing, and higher education.

Brian Mink

Attorney, Contract Automation and Analytics | Chairman, Advisory Board, Data Science Connect
Troutman Sanders LLP
- Founder and chief architect of a program at Troutman Sanders law firm that optimizes contract risk and performance and improves efficiency by automating contract drafting and leveraging data science and legal analytics. - Chairman of Advisory Board of Data Science Connect

Charles Apigian

Director - Data Science Institute
Dr. Apigian is a Professor and Director of the Data Science Institute teaching big data concepts with machine learning and predictive analytics. The Data Science Institute works to partner business and academics to solve real problems and create a data driven approach to analytical thinking.

Charles Hack

Data Scientist
I advise State governments around the country on combatting Infant Mortality, health disparities and inequities, and epidemics, with data science and big data.

Christopher Morgan

Manager, Data Science
The General
Chris strives to be at the intersection of data and strategy, connecting business owners to actionable solutions by telling a better story. At The General® he focuses on marketing and customer behavioral analytics.

Cristina Ingram

Director of Enterprise Analytics
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Cristina Ingram is the Director of Enterprise Analytics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She joined the team in 2014. Her group supports leaders across the Medical Center with analytics solutions to meet their operational, strategic, and population health needs.

Dan George

Co-Founder, Principle Consultant
Bench Analytics
A workforce analytics & strategic planning professional, focused on supplying clients with in-depth analysis, insights, and the latest trends. My unique skill set uses components of data science, process transformation, and storytelling to execute strategies through people & their networks.

Dave Castro

Dave is co-founder of multiple technology companies. Prior to DataYou he has been cofounder and operator in a healthcare software company and data analytics consulting company, both exceeding revenues of $1MM and still growing. Dave enjoys art, golf, playing music, and time with his kids

Joseph Porter

Principal Research Engineer
Digital Reasoning
Dr. Joseph Porter is a Principal Researcher at Digital Reasoning, and currently leads the text research group. At Digital Reasoning he has worked on models as diverse as unsupervised and semi-supervised topic modeling, scalable entity resolution, multi-lingual text analytics, and syntactic parsing.

Eric Hendrickson

Chief Technology Officer
Provisions Group
Having worked in IT for over 20 years and been a professional software developer since the age of 14, Eric has wide and diverse exposure to many technologies, IT processes, and technology-based solutions. With a passion for data, Eric has built data warehouses, dashboards, and reports.

Jason King

Senior Data Scientist
I am a Physicist-turned-Data-Scientist, with extensive experience in research, project management, and model design/creation. I have professional hands-on experience with big healthcare data (the messiest kind of data!), and I have worked on a variety of data science projects in my spare time.

Jason Workman

Services Manager, Data & AI
Insight Enterprises
Jason has over 18 years of experience leading and delivering successful data projects across a variety of data platforms. He has expertise in designing and delivering on-premises, cloud, and hybrid data warehousing and advanced analytics solutions, and enjoys developing and mentoring teammates.

Jay Roy

Data Geek
Strategic Compliance Group, Inc.
CPA turned Data Geek Jay Roy, data professional with expertise in customer and healthcare analytics. His career spans over corporate, consulting and entrepreneurial ventures. His experiences range from leading IT, Product and Financial teams and departments. He enjoys family time & his 7 dogs.

Joe Sutherland

Head of Data Science
Search Discovery
Joe is an expert in leading groundbreaking data science initiatives. A career in technical and operational roles at venues including The White House, VC-backed fintech, Columbia, and Princeton help him speak to both the technical and domain aspects of analytics.

John Liu

Intelluron Corporation
John Liu is passionate about building machine learning solutions to solve business problems. He is founder and CEO of Intelluron Corporation, an emerging AI-based analytics company. Most recently, John was VP of Data Science, Applied Machine Learning at Digital Reasoning Systems. Previously, he was CIO of Spartus Capital, a quantitative investment firm in New York. Prior to that, John held senior executive roles at Citigroup, Vanderbilt University, BNP Paribas, and Lehman Brothers. He has authored numerous papers and book chapters on topics including natural language processing, representation learning, systemic risk, asset allocation, and EM theory. He is co-author of the recently published book Deep Learning for NLP and Speech Recognition. In 2016, John was named Nashville's Data Scientist of the Year. He earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and is a CFA Charterholder.

J. Tod Fetherling

Perception Health
J. Tod Fetherling serves as the CEO of Perception Health. Fetherling’s career has been a series of “Firsts” in various industry segments. He built one of the first public health portals at HCA, created the first home health use rates, directed the first live surgery and first live birth on the

Justin Collier

Industry Practice Manager for Healthcare
World Wide Technology
Justin Collier is a dual-boarded informatics physician who serves as the Industry Practice Manager for Healthcare at WWT. He focuses on enabling and accelerating healthcare improvement initiatives. Dr. Collier previously served as CMIO for HCA's TriStar Division from 2011 to 2018.

Kathi Enderes

Vice President, Talent and Workforce Research Leader
Bersin, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Talent and workforce research leader, enabling organizations to transform work and the workforce experience, 20+ years global consulting experience with IBM, PwC and EY and as a leader in large organizations. Doctoral degree in mathematics from the University of Vienna, Austria.

Lena Winfree

Co-Founder & CEO
Rachel + Winfree Data Analytics Consulting
Lena Winfree is the co-founder/ CEO of Rachel + Winfree Data Analytics Consulting firm. She is a Data Scientist with experience in Data wrangling, curation, analysis, mining, etc. Recent projects include the implementation of an Infrastructure build for the newly launched MMC Data Science Institute.

Lindsey Morris

Director of Data Science and Analytics
Lindsey Morris is the Director of Data Science and Analytics at axialHealthcare and holds a B.S and Ph.D., both in Chemical Engineering, from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Vanderbilt University, respectively.

Matthew Dean

Director, Consulting Services
Matt Dean is a Director in CGI’s Nashville office with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Alabama. In his role, Matt leads the development and delivery of enterprise software and business intelligence technology strategies, roadmaps, and project plans.

Matthew Walker

Founder & Chief Strategist
Acatium Technology
Matt has spent the past fifteen years delivering technology services to users around the world. This experience led him to found Acatium to help organizations deliver high value, transformative, and impactful technology programs.

Michael Holloway

Nashville Software School
Michael Holloway is a mathematician turned data enthusiast who attended graduate school at the University of Tennessee. He served as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Saint Augustine's University and currently is an instructor at Nashville Software School.

Michael Walters Young

Budget & Strategic Innovation Manager
City of Franklin, Tennessee
Michael is a passionate civil servant & senior professional manager with over two decades experience in shaping, leading and sustaining communities of all complexities and sizes. Currently he serves as the Budget & Strategic Innovation Manager of Franklin, leading innovation and data efforts there.

Mike King

Enterprise Technologist, Big Data
Mike currently does solution architecture and evangelism for Big Data with DellEMC incl hadoop, splunk, Nosql, ML, DL, analytics and dbs. Mike has worked for Xerox, IBM, FedEx, Autozone and some boutique consulting companies. Mike has exp in DM, EA, DQ, DA, DBA, DG, Linux, tools and more.

Nate Brown

Director of Customer Experience
Nate is the Co-founder of CX Accelerator. While Customer Service is his primary expertise, Nate is able to leverage experience in professional services, marketing, and sales to connect dots and solve the big Customer Experience problems.

Rajiv Shah

Customer Facing Data Scientist
Rajiv was educated as an electrical engineer, went to law school, and has worked as a professor as well a data scientist at State Farm, Caterpillar & DataRobot. Today, he advises on the effective use of data science in supply chain, machines, actuarial ratings, telematics, geospatial,& security.

Sean Brown

VP Global Lead Data and Analytics
Accomplished leader with over 25 years of industry experience and over 20 years of specialization in Data and Analytics. Sean has built and lead analytics strategies in companies ranging in size from $50M to $30B across manufacturing, hi-tech, telecommunications, insurance and more.

Shruti Sharma

Team Lead Data Science Team
Ingram Content Group
Shruti Sharma has been with Ingram for 4 years, starting in her tech career with the BI team and is now a lead of the Data Science Team. She is a two time graduate from the NSS (Web Dev and Data Science) with a PhD in Cellular Biochemistry from Max Plank Institute for Biochemistry, Munich, Germany.

Spencer Swindell

Lead Architect
Think Data Insights
Spencer, a Nashville native, first learned to program on a TI-83+ calculator, and later graduated from Tennessee Tech University with a degree in Computer Science. Since graduating he has worked in Nashville helping companies build and develop their Data Platforms.

Tanya Kolosova

YieldWise Inc
Tanya Kolosova areas of expertise include machine-learning methods, statistically designed experiments, statistical modeling and software development technologies. Tanya co-author of 2 books published by SAS Institute in 1995 and 1998

Tara Aaron

Aaron | Sanders PLLC
Tara Aaron's law practice focuses on data protection and privacy compliance as well as trademark and copyright. She is certified in U.S. and European privacy law. Tara has been recognized by SuperLawyers® and Best Lawyer® multiple times and is a frequent speaker and author on IP and privacy issues.

Zack Burch

Data Scientist
Zack Burch is a Data Scientist at Asurion with an MS in Computer Science from the University of Illinois. Zack leverages natural language processing and deep learning to identify and act on opportunities for automation and self service.

Mitch Naylor

Quantitative Analyst
Mitch Naylor is a Quantitative Analyst at Asurion, where he solves various problems with advanced analytics. Prior to Asurion, Mitch spent 2 years with GEICO in Washington, DC. He holds a BS in Business Analytics from the University of Tennessee and is pursuing an MS in Analytics from Georgia Tech.

Holly Rachel

co-founder and COO
Rachel + Winfree Data Analytics Consulting
Holly Rachel is the co-founder and COO of Rachel + Winfree Data Analytics Consulting. She has experience in Data Analysis, Data Translation, data strategy, and business strategy. Holly is passionate about giving small business owners the tools they need to succeed in the data-driven economy.

Jordon Shaw

Director of Information Technology
City of Franklin, Tennessee
Dr. Jordon Shaw has his Doctor of Business Administration degree in Computer Information Systems from Argosy University, a Master of Information Systems in Computer Information System from the University of Phoenix, and a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management from Bethel University. He has served in the Tennessee Army National Guard where he was awarded numerous leadership awards.

Jordon came to work for the City in 2015 as the Assistant Director of Information Technology; he previously worked for the City from 2009-2013 as Database/Information Systems Division Manager. Prior to his work with the City, Jordon has worked in various IT positions (including IT Director) in the corporate world.

Chris Germiller

Crime Data Analyst
Murfreesboro Police Department
Chris Germiller is a Crime Data Analyst for the Murfreesboro Police Department since October 2017. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Washington University specializing in Criminal Justice/Police Science and Statistics.

Anika Vinze

I am a Management Consultant in Accenture’s Health & Public Service practice with a unique background in both science and business. Prior to joining Accenture, I spent five years as an infectious disease epidemiologist, with a focus on digital transformation. This work took me to over 10 countries where I managed multi-stakeholder biosurveillance and humanitarian projects spanning the public and private sectors, implemented technology solutions, and interfaced directly with local and senior government officials to ensure long-term project sustainability.

I hold a BA in Biological Sciences from Rice University, an MSPH in Global Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University, and MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.

Sean Cofoid

Principle Instructor
IT/Analytics Leader who measurably improves businesses by collaboratively creating solutions that weave together people, process, and technology. Known for developing high-energy teams with a strong sense of camaraderie.

Mikil Taylor

Director, Analytics
Healthcare Bluebook
Mikil Taylor is Director of Analytics at Healthcare Bluebook, taking healthcare claims data from CSV to API, and all the messy steps in between. When not wrangling data, he can be found wrestling goats, chopping wood, and cursing at difficult house projects.

Tim Brooks

Managing Director, Business and Analytics Advisors
World Wide Technology
Artificial Intelligence (AI) strategist and industry speaker for AI and data-driven solutions in retail, financial services, Insurance, and travel/hospitality.

Experience ranging from small start-ups to managing turnarounds, new business unit launches, and business transformation in large companies. Passionate about disruptive technologies and analytics since he helped prototype Ritz-Carlton’s first revenue management software in 1987.

Erica Zuhr

Data Science Engineer
Onlife Health
Dr. Zuhr has more than 10 years of experience in analytics and applied math. Her responsibilities include providing guidance on data science strategy and developing machine learning models. Prior to joining Onlife, Zuhr was a Lead Scientist at Booz Allen and a professor at High Point University.

Catherine Bass

Director of Informatics
Onlife Health
Dr. Bass serves as the Director of Informatics at Onlife Health. Her areas of responsibility include data science, advanced analytics, reporting and research. She holds a Ph.D. in Health and Human Performance with an emphasis in Health Promotion and has 20 years of experience in the health and wellness industry, including a national award from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention for innovations in healthy behavior data collection. Her areas of expertise include measurement, incentive design, program planning and health behavior theory. Dr. Bass has authored articles for peer-reviewed and trade journals, speaks at industry conferences, holds adjunct faculty positions at several universities and is active in the data and technology industry in Nashville.

Mikil Taylor

Director, Analytics
Healthcare Bluebook
Mikil Taylor is Director of Analytics at Healthcare Bluebook, taking healthcare claims data from CSV to API, and all the messy steps in between. When not wrangling data, he can be found wrestling goats, chopping wood, and cursing at difficult house projects.




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