Foskett Services creates community and content in the enterprise information technology space.
The world of information technology is at a crossroads. Traditional IT systems face disruption not seen since the open systems revolution of the early 1990’s: The rapid adoption of Internet-scale services, the proliferation of a new breed of computing devices like the iPhone, and a wholesale shift in application development approaches threatens the very foundation of IT infrastructure in the enterprise.
Marketing and communication is being transformed by these same forces, with community and person-to-person contact replacing mass media. Social media, user-driven content like blogging and podcasting, and collaborative events like our own Gestalt IT and Tech Field Day have become the new vehicle for corporate communication and marketing.
Foskett Services sits at the crossroads of enterprise IT and media transformation. We organize events, build and support community, foster content creation activities for enterprise IT companies and the end users they wish to reach. But we are also listeners and speakers. We are IT pros who deeply care about technology and walk the walk. We’re not a PR or media company. We’re us.
Organizer in Chief — After spending over a decade providing consulting and analysis services to enterprise IT organizations and infrastructure vendors, Stephen Foskett launched his own services organization to face this wave of change head-on. This group applies core best practices for managing IT systems to the emerging post-PC world.
Stephen can often be found on stage delivering keynote speeches and seminars on enterprise technology. He is also deeply involved in the organizational side of our events, often leading the group in discussions and traveling between presentations. Stephen works out of the Hudson, Ohio office.
Event Organizer — Tom Hollingsworth writes about networking and related technolgies on his blog at NetworkingNerd.net. With 10 years of experience in the IT field, Tom has covered the bredth of technology from desktop deployment to data center installation. He brings his unique perspective to his writing as well occasionally lending a voice to the Packet Pushers podcast.
Tom is a popular speaker at industry events on the topic of networking and next-generation IT. He also organizes and leads networking events for Foskett Services, including Networking Field Day and our Tech Field Day Extra events at Cisco Live, Intel, ONUG, and more. Tom works out of our Oklahoma office.
Chief Operator — Claire Chaplais is a proven event planning professional with over 17 years experience in marketing communication programs and events management in the high tech industry. Her interest lies in developing creative marketing communication strategies to promote great organizations.
Claire is responsible for daily operations at Foskett Services, from assigning work to scheduling and overseeing staff. She also leverages her experience in event planning and contract management to improve the quality of our events. Claire works out of our Denver office.
People and Places — Megan’s career path has taken her from engineering to teaching and now to project coordination, both domestically and internationally. With the experience gathered from these different fields, two passions have materialized – organization and working with people. Her position at Foskett Services allows her to do both!
Megan helps plan and organize all of the company’s events, from the big picture down to the minute details. She works with both the delegates and IT companies to ensure every aspect has been given the proper attention so that everyone has a great experience working with Foskett Services. Megan works out of the Hudson, Ohio office.
Man of Letters — 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. He loves getting to know about the latest enterprise technology and finding ways to create engaging narratives around them.
He has strong opinions on sandwich ordering procedures, typeface etiquette, and semiotic constructions. Rich works out of the Hudson, Ohio office.
Junior Executive Event Lead — Rock-climber, runner, writer, traveler, member of the California Bar, ex-barista, past organizer of outdoor trips and engineer of adventures, former private-high-school English and History teacher, Nikki then turned to software development, and began teaching herself PHP, MySQL, etc. Not content, however, interacting mainly with a screen, she stumbled upon Foskett Services where, happily, she can combine her passions for people (especially geeks), events, verbosity, and travel with her taste for technology.
While Nikki supports the company with general planning, logistics, and delegate wrangling, she mainly orchestrates Security and Cloud events. Nikki sees Tech Field Day as a crucial contributor to the currently critical conversation about the present state and the future of technology: By bringing expert-influencers together with innovative companies, the dialogue deepens and the opportunity for learning and innovation expands for everyone involved. Nikki works out of our Hudson, Ohio office.
Event Support — 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.
Administrative Assistant — Note taker, meeting organizer, calendar inviter, procedure writer, team member gatherer, question asker (one may lead to a series), coffee drinker, music listener, etc… Mel has supported managers, directors and executives, in the manufacturing, industrial, non-profit, and healthcare industries, but has found her way to the tech world, as our Administrative Assistant! Mel works out of our Hudson office.