Envision 2018 Speakers


Keynote Speaker – Oliver Buechse

Founder of My Strategy Source and co-Founder of Advancing AI Wisconsin

About Oliver
When we have an opportunity to self-disrupt – whether as individuals or organizations – we face what for some of us is one of the most difficult challenges, for others it is a way of life: leaving our comfort zone for the benefit of evolution. For many years I prided myself in a unique combination of strategy skills and perspectives, forged initially during my days as a McKinsey consultant and refined through corporate and executive experiences as Head of Strategy at Union Bank and Chief Strategy Officer at Associated Bank.

In 2016 I had what I call my Digital Awakening, starting to fully understand the pending impacts of AI and other disruptive technologies. It was a humbling moment and the beginning of a continuing learning journey. Advancing AI Wisconsin became a shared home with many other passionate individuals to foster continued learning while creating awareness among those who have not yet begun their digital journey. By combing Strategy skills with an ever deeper understanding of the individual, organizational, educational and societal opportunities and challenges we will face in the age of AI, we can help others navigate the wave of disruption.

Matthew David

About Matthew
Matthew David is a digital leader who has successfully delivered Cloud, Mobile and IOT solutions. He has written over a hundred articles and thirteen books that dig deep into explaining HTML5, Mobile Web Design, Mobile Development, IoT, DevOps , AI and Blockchain.

Matthew can be followed online at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthewdavid

Jake Beyer

Director, Customer Care, EDCi

About Jake
Jake Beyer brings over 15 years of customer service and contact center experience to EDCi where he serves as the Director of Customer Care. Jake and his team focus on helping organizations optimize their contact center software and processes. This seamless integration allows for maximum efficiency. EDCi’s numerous innovation and growth awards are a testament to the unique approach that EDCi has used to solve business problems using process and technology. Jake is passionate about technology and invests a great deal of time into keeping his skills current. From complex contact center integrations to optimization and consulting, he understands the vital task of aligning IT with the strategic goals of the business.

Steve Choquette

IBM Watson Product Manager for Strategic Partnerships

About Steve
After graduating from Virginia Tech with a MS in Computer Science, Steve Choquette started with IBM Federal Systems Division writing software for U.S. Navy sonar trainer systems. In his years with IBM, Steve has served as a programmer, a 1st and 2nd line manager, covering Development, Offering Management, Release Management, Test, and Customer Support.  After several years working with the IBM Cloud team, Steve now is the Offering Manager for Watson partners.  In this role, Steve is responsible for building the Watson AI partner ecosystem.

Chad Kopitzke

Founder of NeXtGen Advantage

About Chad
Chad Kopitzke is founder of NeXtGen Advantage, an innovative talent management firm based in Neenah, Wisconsin. As a human capital expert with specialized knowledge of generational issues in the workplace, Chad brings a unique vantage point to modern business culture. He hears what business leaders need and what keeps them up at night, yet he also recognizes the landmines those same business leaders are planting in their own path. Chad’s forward-thinking approach to talent management—which involves putting the human element back into human resources even while embracing advanced technology—can effectively disarm an employer’s impending dangers and help companies thrive well into the future.