2018 Keynote Speakers

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MACC 2018 Keynote Speakers:

Keith Narr

Keith Narr is the Chief Technology Officer at Cargill and is responsible for leading the Enterprise Architecture Community of Practice as well as Cargill Digital Labs (Cloud, Enterprise Data Platform, Immersive Learning Center (ILC) and Apollo). Prior to joining Cargill in 2016, Keith spent 20 years at the North American retailer Target.




 Tariq Samad

Tariq Samad holds the Honeywell/W.R. Sweatt Chair at the Technological Leadership Institute at the University of Minnesota, where he also serves as the Director of Graduate Studies for the nation’s longest-running M.S. in Management of Technology program and has an adjunct faculty appointment in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Samad joined the Univ. of Minn. in 2016 after a 30-year career with Honeywell where was Corporate Fellow and Global Innovation Leader for the company’s largest business group. Dr. Samad will talk about “Innovation as a Complex Dynamic System.”



Richard Walker

Richard Walker is CEO and co-founder of York Solutions and is arguably one of the most connected IT executives in the Twin Cities area. York provides cutting-edge workforce solutions to help organizations use disruptive technologies to transform and achieve business, technology, and operational goals. In 2009, Richard Walker founded Think IT, a professional association with the overall mission to be fostering professional growth and development through the power of networking and collaboration. The group currently caters to over 3,000 IT professionals within the Twin Cities.