Nick Colyer has over 20 years of experience in the IT Industry and currently leads the Azure Practice at AHEAD, LLC, based out of Chicago, IL. At AHEAD, Nick focuses on emerging technologies and methodologies for helping customers transition to the Cloud all while balancing security, operations and costs throughout their respective journey.
Prior to his current position, Nick spent six years as a DevOps lead for TransUnion and Catamaran, where he developed a team focused on standards and automated delivery of IT services to drive a true self service experience. Nick, also works with vendors to help them created pre-packaged automated workflows and code for customers to utilize.
Nick often speaks at conferences including Ahead Azure Innovation Days, VMWorld (2013/2016), the Looking Ahead Tech Summit (2014-2017), as well as tailored briefings for large enterprise companies across the United States. Nick has been selected regularly as a vExpert since 2014 and holds many certifications from Microsoft, VMware, and 3rd parties.
Nick is South African, a huge cricket fan (Springbok forever!), and enjoys playing World of Warcraft (a true nerd and proud!).
You can regularly find Nick at community events and on Twitter (@vnickc).
Brette Bossick has a passion for empowering people to learn skills which can be used in the real world. After studying public policy in Berlin, Germany, Brette decided to make a career change towards technology. Brette has been with AHEAD, LLC, based in Chicago for six years, where she focuses on the Azure and AWS platforms, creating content and client-proposals, meeting with customers, and understanding the needs within the marketplace.
Outside of technology, Brette is passionate about clean water initiatives and traveling; she's the founding member of a non-profit (UrbanRiv.org) and she’s been to over 50 countries so far and has lived in both Germany and India, outside of her home in the United States.
Brette is working on becoming better at Twitter (@BretteMB).