Thursday November 19th 2020 at 5pm ET / 2pm PT

Making the Network Cloudy
Making the Network Cloudy

Enabling & Automating a Multi-Cloud Strategy

This roundtable will focus on automation and DevOps across your applications, your infrastructure, and your secure network. Our tech-exec roundtable will be led by Erik Fritzler, Principal Infrastructure Architect of H&R Block. He will dispel how large distributed global networks can be secured, automated, and managed from a centrally located SOC/NOC.

Keynote Speakers

Erik Fritzler of H&R Block

Erik Fritzler has over 20 years of experience in Information Technology and Networking. He’s a forward-leading, big thinker with a passion for tranformative and cutting-edge technologies, such as SD-WAN and Cloud, which is why we had to have him for this executive roundtable.

Erik is a believer in the power of sharing and collaborating with other like-minded individuals to evolve this industry. Outside of work, his focus and energy is on his family, donating his networking skills and knowledge to both ITDRC and local STEM programs, and stress-testing SD-WAN platforms in his tech dungeon… <cough> lab.

Eric Pierce of Greenbrier Companies

Eric Pierce has been driving innovation in the largest enterprises across the globe for over 20 years. He is currently VP of Applications and Infrastructure at the largest manufacturer of railcars and barges in North America – The Greenbrier Companies. Don’t let the VP title fool you, as Eric’s technical acumen is rarely challenged even by his most senior engineers. He’s a technologist, strategist and visionary with a strong background in business.

Eric never stops learning and holds a high standard of continual education for his teams. We wouldn’t be shocked if he tried or even thought about automating his team in a CI/CD Pipeline. Outside of work, his focus and energy is on his family, his friends, and ever building and tinkering in his shop or making any excuse to roam the great outdoors.

Roundtable Panelists

Tech-Exec Leaders

We were also joined with three leaders to discuss the unique tech solutions Erik and his team leverages to achieve extensive automation gains in a very competitive retail industry.

Chad Arnold
Chad Arnold
Director, West
Tim Lieto
Tim Lieto
VP North America
Kevin Fletcher
Kevin Fletcher
Senior Enterprise Architect
Roundtable Forum

What to Expect


Every 3 TreeTech-Exec Roundtable will have a featured speaker(s) from a Fortune 1000 company that has proven to be an innovator and change agent within their company.  The featured speaker(s) will present on how she or he lead the charge on driving change in a specific area of the organization that brought on better visibility, improved risk mitigation and increased adoption of automated frameworks.


The featured speaker’s presentation and discussion will typically revolve around 3 different but interoperable technology solutions and will each be represented by a leader from those technology companies.


Following all the presentations, there will be an opportunity for all participants to dig in deeper with each and every speaker through a panel engagement.


Typically, the 3 Tree Tech-Exec Roundtable is an in-person event held in beautiful Portland, Oregon, but due to 2020 being the year that it is, the roundtable will be held virtually until we are allowed and advised to host large gatherings.

For the in-person roundtable, food, beverages, giveaways and prizes are provided. For the virtual roundtable, alcoholic beverages will be shipped to you directly prior to the date of the roundtable, and giveaways and prizes will still be available, but shipped out following the date of the roundtable

Ticket Giveaway

Future Roundtables

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