Presenters at the 2016 Microsoft Office conference are:
Lead Developer, Heritage Computer Consulting & Services Inc.
David is a seasoned computer guru, with two full decades of computer experience. From 1998 to 2010 his focus was on the computer hardware and network infrastructure. He joined Heritage as lead technician in 2010. In 2011, he transitioned to programmer and then to a lead developer.
As a lead developer for Heritage Computer Consulting & Services Inc., David is a mentor for the programming staff and works with clients acting as the product owner for their projects during the Agile software development cycle. David enjoyed attending the Microsoft Ignite Conference in Chicago in May 2015. He stays informed about the latest technologies and is constantly learning new languages and strategies.
David is an adjunct professor at Metropolitan Community College. He is a Cisco Certified Academy Instructor. He has earned both CCNA and CompTIA A+ certifications. David is also a Microsoft Certified Professional with a certification for Programming in C#. He has an Associate of Science degree in computer science from Maple Woods Community College. David often shares his expertise at the Heartland Users Group’s Access special interest group.
Troy A. Burgher
Owner, TAB Training & Consulting LLC
Troy A. Burgher, Microsoft Certified Professional and Microsoft Certified Trainer-Alumni, is the lead instructor and owner/founder of TAB Training & Consulting LLC, which specializes in providing Microsoft Office-based training courses, workshops and certification programs with a focus on workforce development/employability skills enhancement.
TAB Training & Consulting LLC was started in September 2015 with the goal of developing alliance partnerships with community-based organizations, local small businesses and the local public library systems to provide services to community residents. The core target audience is individuals seeking gainful employment, career advancement and/or career change that requires enhanced technology and computer literacy skills.
More than 25 years of using Microsoft Office Suite applications (including employee training, freelance contract training, facilitating technology literacy workshops and developing training programs) has given Troy solid practical experience in working with and motivating even the most beginner and novice users, transforming them into more efficient, effective and productive users of technology and computers.
Database Development and Training Specialist, Johnson County Community College
Caren is a database development and training specialist, with expertise that allows her clients to track their customers, competitors and business metrics. She is well-versed with Microsoft Office software such as Access, Excel, PowerPoint and Word, and, thanks to her experience as an instructor, is also well-versed in a variety of online course delivery software, such as Angel and Blackboard.
Her clients can select from a wide variety of services, such as developing databases, business analysis and development, project and budget management, and technical tool development. She is also a proficient Microsoft Office instructor, technical trainer and presenter, and has worked with clients such as Cherub Medical Supply, A G Progress Inc., North Platte Natural Resources District and Johnson County Community College.
Caren obtained her database programming certificate from the college, and also has a BS from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and an MBA with MIS emphasis from Avila University. She is also a Phi Theta Kappa member and part of the college’s database development special interest group.
Technology Leader, cjk Consulting
John has extensive expertise across a spectrum of technology environments, from mainframe data centers to client-server environments and cloud-based applications. His company, cjk, specializes in helping businesses recoup their investments in unfinished and business-critical projects with integrity and persistence. His lengthy career started at Digital Equipment Corporation in the Boston area. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Clark University in Worcester, Mass., and he has been an adjunct professor at Johnson County Community College.
Owner and Lead Instructor, Training Umbrella
Christy is the founder and lead instructor at Training Umbrella, a company that specializes in teaching Microsoft and Google applications. She has been involved in the planning of and training for multiple software migrations in the Kansas City area and across the United States. Christy is Google and Microsoft Project 2010 certified and a Microsoft Office specialist master trainer. She believes that “knowing the technology is not the same as knowing how to teach it.”
A degree in education from Kansas State University has supported Christy’s career path that includes time educating students in a high school classroom; teaching for ExecuTrain, a nationwide technology training company; and opening the doors of Training Umbrella in January 2011.
She is honored to serve as vice president of membership on the Association for Talent Development (ATD) Board of Kansas City. Christy is also active in her children’s school PTA. She enjoys summer weekends at the lake, reading and running.
I.T. Director, MMC Corp.
Jim has been in I.T. for 20 years. He holds several certifications, including the MCSE and CCNA, and is currently an I.T. director at MMC Corp., supporting 1,000 end-users across the U.S.A.
Vice President, Heritage Computer Consulting & Services Inc.
Jim has been interested in computer programming since high school. He started his career as a computer programmer in 1978 with a Kansas City-based software company. He spent more than 12 years in software development, client training and support before founding Heritage.
As vice president, Jim’s primary focus at HCCS Inc. is the development of custom applications for clients. He is the chief mentor for the programming staff. Jim loves teaching clients to be self-sufficient and comfortable with software. He has been using Microsoft Access since its introduction in 1992.
Jim has earned certifications as a data processor and computer professional from the Institute for the Certification of Computer Professionals (ICCP). He also holds two Microsoft certified professional certificates, including a Microsoft Access certification.
Jim taught college-level computer classes for several years at a local college. Currently, he leads the Heartland Users Group’s Access special interest group, where he shares his expertise by providing numerous presentations.
Knowledge Management Expert, Johnson County Community College Continuing Education Instructor
Sharon Weaver is a professional consultant who specializes in business process management and SharePoint. She has over 15 years of experience designing, developing and managing software, including SharePoint administration for software development teams and corporate entities.