Director of Business Lab, Emerging Markets, BCBSM
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Keith Brophy is currently Director of Business Lab for Blue Cross Blue Shield Emerging Markets. Prior to his role at Blue Cross, which is focused on industry innovations, Keith served in a variety of leadership roles across the business and technology industry. These include State Director of the Michigan Small Business Development Center, CEO of Ideomed, President of Business Development at NuSoft, and CEO at Sagestone.
Keith is a former West Michigan Entrepreneur of the Year who started his career at IBM, has been a national speaker on Future Trends for two decades, and is an occasional professor of the GVSU Seidman School of Business “Emerging Trends” executive MBA course. Keith has a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from the University of Michigan, and a Masters of Information Systems from Strayer University.
Topic to be covered:
Will rapid change crush us? If you listen to some forecasts, the collective weight of rapid transformations in areas like AI, machine learning, the Internet of Everything, social media run amuck, autonomous connected vehicles, drones and robots, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and more is about to redefine not only business, but society and life itself. Keith Brophy, a Michigan technology leader well known for his future predictions over a period of many years, will take a broad look at the accelerating pace of technology transformation today, and the likely implications and impacts ahead. He will look back at some past key transformations and what can be learned from change assimilation, and then turn his attention to the key questions of “What Change is Ahead, and are We Ready?”.
Managing Partner, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer
Jason Wickman, Managing Partner, has over 20 years’ experience and leads Marketing & Sales for NuSoft Solutions. Prior to his current position, Jason was the Director of Sales at Microsoft managing enterprise sellers for Dynamics CRM across multiple industries to include automotive, working with organizations such as Ford and General Motors. Jason is passionate about helping executives improve revenue and profit margins through better alignment and technology investments across both marketing, sales & service disciplines.
Prior to being Managing Partner at NuSoft Solutions, Jason worked for SAP, Dykema-Gosset, and EDS. In his spare time, he is an avid reader of popular business books, enjoys boating on the lake, playing guitar, singing, song-writing, hunting, and fly-fishing with his wife and two children.
Jason holds a BSBA in Management Information Systems from Central Michigan University and is pursuing his MBA from the Jack Welch Management Institute. He participates in many community affairs and has held multiple board positions at various non-profits such as Michigan Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Chelsea Youth Sports Organization, among others.
Practice Manager – Professional Services
Steve is an accomplished and collaborative technology executive with extensive experience and expertise in ensuring the business value justification and envisioning of technology solutions for business and delivering business technology solutions that create real competitive advantage and value. Steve has a deep and diverse set of experiences with almost every facet of information technology which allows him to creatively see and solve complex business problems by having such a broad perspective and connecting the dots.
He is an award winning and highly regarded senior leader, an internationally recognized technology innovator, and proactive strategic thinker.
Microsoft Dynamics Technology Sales Professional
Richard’s deep technical understanding of Dynamics CRM and current development technologies and methodologies allows him to craft elegant solutions for his customers. His ability to translate his customers’ words and needs into CRM processes frees his customers from worrying about CRM and allows them to focus on building their business.
Richard brings over 15 years of experience in the IT industry, including 10 years developing complete CRM solutions, providing his customers continuity of experience by performing analysis, customizing and configuring CRM, developing custom .Net code, and providing CRM support.