01/24/2019 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm America/New York Timezone
Keiser University, Pembroke Pines Campus
1640 SW 145th Ave
Pembroke Pines, FL 33027

Join us on Thursday, January 24th for an enlightening discussion about the technologies South Florida companies are investing in and what we can expect to see in 2019 and beyond. Big tech companies across the United States such as AmazonGoogleMicrosoftCiscoIntelOracle, and IBM are pouring billions of dollars into research and development of new technologies for the future. They are often the leaders in the industry paving the way for smaller organizations and the rest of the world.

  • What tech are these national leading companies investing in?
  • What new tech is catching on locally here in South Florida?
  • What are some new tech South Florida’s industry leaders investing in?

According to an article written by Rex Nutting, Columnist with MarketWatch, the United States spends more money on research and development than any other country. We spend over $550 billion dollars a year which is about 25% of the world’s total investment. Every company from enterprise-sized to small startup is looking for that next intelligent software to bring them to the next level. Whether they are the ones developing new software or just being one the first to use it, companies are becoming more and more open to helping entrepreneurs launch their next big idea.


  • 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM – Registration and Network – Food and drink are included in the ticket price
  • 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM – Panel Discussion “Information Technology – What’s Next?”
  • 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM – Reception/Networking

Thank you to our kind sponsors & partners


Meet the Panel

Moderator - Asif Malik

Moderator - Asif Malik

Independent Consultant, ABCo, USA

Asif Malik is a 20+ year veteran in Information Technology. He started as a developer back in the early 90s on IBM Mid-Range Systems and Java Technologies and moved on to Solution and Enterprise Architecture and IT Governance. He is currently consulting in Software Architecture and Design space. He is actively involved in 3D Modeling of complex designs. Malik is leading South Florida Rational User Group (Now IBM Middle-ware User Group) for last 12 years. He cares deeply about causes related to IT and how the industry can contribute to future generations by giving back to society. He believes that different IT Industry Segments can come out of their silos and share knowledge for better future leveraging non-profit platforms. For this reason, he is deeply involved in SFTA.

Gadi Hus

Gadi Hus

Director of Operations (DOO) at Volico Hosting

Gadi Hus is responsible for leading the development and execution of the Company’s long term and short term strategies and plans. As Director of Operations’ (DOO), Gadi’s leadership role entails being ultimately responsible for all day-to-day management decisions. Furthermore, Gadi oversees all engineering aspects of the facility and ensures that internal and client projects are on-schedule and conducted in accordance with the policies and controls set within the respective task.

As DOO, Gadi Hus oversees communication with Structural, Electrical, Mechanical, and Physical Security Engineers and Contractors regarding all aspects of the Data Center Infrastructure, Preventative Maintenance, and ongoing improvements. Gadi Hus oversees internal and outside fiber plant engineering and ongoing maintenance across the South Florida market.

Cesar Lou

Cesar Lou


Business and technology are my two passions! I specialize in engineering not just cloud-based business solutions, but solutions that empower businesses to grow and operate more efficiently. Whether it’s a cloud-based solution or a mobile iOS or Android app, I am excited to tackle any challenges head-on.

My entrepreneurial career range from starting a food service company and a USDA processing plant, to a chain of mall retail stores, to operating a successful fashion house for over 8 years.

My latest venture, CRMBOOST, is by far my most versatile creation. This CRM platform has yielded a broad range of products and services, and we are barely scratching the surface. Best of all, I developed it from the ground up, no open source, no outside programmers. While many companies are scrambling to get on the cloud wagon, we are a true cloud-based solution.

Jesse Canada, MBA, MA

Jesse Canada, MBA, MA

Enterprise Data Management Strategic Lead at ASG Technologies

Enterprise Data Management practitioner with over 20 years in diversified financial services experience working with prestigious institutions (Citizens Bank, Citibank, and Bank of America), non-profits, and consulting services. Jesse has received awards demonstrating her depth of technical and business capabilities.

Recent accomplishments include innovative work in enhancing Data Management discipline in Metadata Management. She earned her MBA and Masters of Accounting from Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida and has received Certificates of Achievement from Villanova University for Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and Business Analysis.

Sal Cardozo

Sal Cardozo

Vice President of Consulting, Analytics & AI at OZ (previously known as AAJ Technologies)

Collaborative leader with extensive experience in the vision, strategy, delivery, and support of innovative Data, Analytics and AI solutions that transform the customer experience and align with business outcomes. Change agent that help his clients drive value and create competitive differentiation through the use of analytical solutions that unlock insightful insights.

Over 15 years of Global consulting experience at Accenture, Cambridge Technology Partners, and Capgemini. 12 years in Data & Analytics leadership positions at Fortune 500 companies.

Shakeel Hye

Shakeel Hye

Director of IT at TracFone Wireless

  • Senior IT Professional: Directed/Managed IT Delivery, Development, Reporting & IT Governance
  • Managed Software, Hardware, People and Processes
  • 20 +Years of Information Technology Experience across Full Life Cycle of Information Technology
  • 20 +Years of Telecom/ Wireless/ Finance and Retail Industries
  • Profound Experience in Customer Experience (CX) and Customer Retention & CHURN
  • Delivered a Wireless CDR System to process 2 Billion Transactions per Day (Big Data)

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About the SFTA

The South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) promotes the growth, success and awareness of the regional technology community. Through events, networking, programs and education, we provide south Florida’s technology-related companies, academic institutions, entrepreneurs, governments and related organizations with an active forum to grow the business of technology in our region.


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