Staff

Meet the Tech Field Day Staff

Alicia Blessing

Alicia has more than 10 years’ experience in the marketing and communications field. She currently serves as the Content Lead for Gestalt IT where she manages and oversee content creation projects for clients as well as Gestalt IT’s marketing efforts.

Prior to joining Gestalt IT, Alicia worked as the Digital Marketing Director for Team NEO, a Cleveland, Ohio-based economic development organization. In this role, Alicia led Team NEO’s digital marketing initiatives with a focus on content marketing and digital lead generation. Alicia also has experience working for a technology-based marketing agency as well as a software startup.

Alicia holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Ohio University. She is involved with the Cleveland chapter of the Women in Digital group and received her Professional Certified Marketer (PCM) in digital marketing accreditation through the American Marketing Association. In her free time, Alicia enjoys playing tennis and is an active member of the United States Tennis Association (USTA).

@ABlessing111

https://www.linkedin.com/in/aliciablessing/
Ben Gage

Ben Gage has a professional background which started in logistics and supply chain for manufacturing and agriculture. To subsidize the methodical nature of these fields he started and performs with a traveling bluegrass band. With a penchant for the rare combination of the analytical and the creative, the next logical step was the tech industry.

Ben is now focusing his skillset on coordinating the details of our events. This ranges from working with our Delegates, IT Companies and all of the supporting companies that help make our events so great. Ben works out of the Hudson, Ohio office.

@BenTGage

https://www.linkedin.com/in/ben-gage-461a5024/
Benjamin Freedman

@PrimeImageBen

http://www.linkedin.com/in/primeimagemedia
Claire Chaplais

Claire Chaplais has over 20 years experience in business operations, marketing communication programs, and event management for the high tech industry. She worked for great companies like Wind River Systems, StorageTek, Common Sense Media, and Harris Broadcasting. She joined Gestalt IT in 2009 to organize the first ever Tech Field Day event with Stephen Foskett, and from there helped grow the organization. Today, Claire thrives on handling the business operations for Gestalt IT, and motivating the team to develop strong and successful programs both for Field Day events, and content creation efforts.

In her free time, she loves to take advantage of living in Colorado and enjoys hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter.

@CChaplais

http://www.linkedin.com/in/cchaplais
Ken Nalbone

Ken is a 15 year IT veteran many years of experience as a systems administrator/engineer. He currently works as a Solutions Architect for a VAR and Service Provider in the Midwest. He holds too many certifications to list and is a VMUG leader in Indianapolis. Ken has been recognized for his involvement in the tech community by being selected as a vExpert, vExpert vSAN, Nutanix Technology Champion, and Veeam Vanguard.

@KenNalbone

https://www.linkedin.com/in/kennalbone/
Mel Zura

Mel Zura is the Operations Specialist at Gestalt IT. She assists in the day-to-day operations of Gestalt IT and Tech Field Day. Mel’s interests include sunny days, beautiful flowers, watching squirrels frolic, dogs, coffee, and music. She’s crazy about Tech Field Day and Tech Field Day delegates… and gifs! Go ahead, follow her on Twitter at @ZuraMel.

@ZuraMel

https://www.linkedin.com/in/melindazura/
Rich Stroffolino

Rich Stroffolino

Rich Stroffolino has been involved in media and tech since 2003. A former radio DJ and compulsive podcast creator, Rich is now putting his passion to work creating, organizing and distributing content for Tech Field Day and its sister site, Gestalt IT as Señor Editor. He loves getting to know about the latest enterprise technology, and expressing it through various mediums. Rich works out of the Hudson, Ohio office.

@MrAnthropology

https://www.linkedin.com/in/richard-stroffolino-652b0898/
Stephen Foskett

Stephen Foskett is an active participant in the world of enterprise information technology, currently focusing on enterprise storage, server virtualization, networking, and cloud computing. He organizes the popular Tech Field Day event series for Gestalt IT and runs Foskett Services. A long-time voice in the storage industry, Stephen has authored numerous articles for industry publications, and is a popular presenter at industry events. He can be found online at TechFieldDay.comblog.FoskettS.net, and on Twitter at @SFoskett.

@SFoskett

https://www.linkedin.com/in/sfoskett
Tom Hollingsworth

Tom Hollingsworth, CCIE #29213, is an event lead for the Tech Field Day events series. He also writes about networking and related technolgies on his blog at http://networkingnerd.net. With over 10 years of experience in the IT field, Tom has covered the breadth of technology from desktop deployment to data center installation. He brings his unique perspective to his writing both on his blog and at Network Computing. Tom can also be found prognosticating and commenting about technology from his Twitter account @networkingnerd.

@NetworkingNerd

https://www.linkedin.com/in/networkingnerd