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Data + Analytics Forum

HYBRID EVENT

August 8, 2024
9:00AM – 12:00PM PST

Join Us

truData’s Data and Analytics Forum is being held as a hybrid event on Thursday, August 8, at 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. PST.

The Data and Analytics Forum is a technology agnostic and vendor neutral platform for industry thought leaders to network, and share best practices and lessons learned in building out world class and game changing capabilities.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Agenda

9:00 am
9:05 am
9:40 am
10:15 am
10:50 am
11:25 am
12:00 pm

Introduction and Thanks to Our Sponsors

GenAI Strategy and Use Cases to increase competitive advantage
Nick Heigerick, Head of Strategic Analytics, CRH

Launching a Cloud Data Lakehouse to support AI/ML
John Lawver, Senior Manager Enterprise Reporting and Analytics, General Atomics

Building BI at Guayaki – Empowering a generative business model from seed to sip
Ryan Handerhan, Director of BI and Tech Innovation, Guayaki

CODE – Center of Decision Excellence – Building an effective D&A Transformation Program  
Alex Mendoza, Divisional Vice President, Enterprise Analytics, Spencers/Spirit Halloween

Parking Lot Q&A

Wrap Up

Topic Leaders

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Nick Heigerick

Head of Strategic Analytics
Company: CRH
Industry: Building Manufacturing

Discussion Topic:
GenAI Strategy and Use Cases to increase competitive advantage

Nick is an Analytics Executive with a passion for people, breaking down barriers, and driving innovation through data and advanced analytics. With nearly twenty years of analytics experience Nick has led teams Healthcare, Education and now building manufacturing at CRH where he leads the Data Science and AI/ML teams and is building game changing GenAI capabilities.

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John Lawver

Senior Manager Enterprise Reporting and Analytics
Company: General Atomics
Industry: Aerospace and Defense

Discussion Topic:
Launching a Cloud Data Lakehouse to support AI/ML

John is an innovative and transformational leader with experience defining data and analytics strategies and initiatives to unlock value, improve business processes and transform the customer experience. Recognized for building high-performing, cross-functional teams to implement analytics solutions through coaching, collaboration and mentoring, John has a proven track record in developing quality, trusted information sources and turning raw data into actionable intelligence to drive key business decisions in the healthcare, financial services, hospitality and aerospace and defense industry.

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Ryan Handerhan

Director BI & Tech Innovation
Company: Guayaki
Industry: Beverage

Discussion Topic: 
Building BI at Guayaki – Empowering a generative business model from seed to sip

Ryan is a data, analytics, and ML Leader and Engineer with 13+ years of experience, with a proven track record of structuring data and analytics strategies with company leadership, managing and aligning multi-year budget and project portfolios, and delivering on large scale implementation projects. Ryan has developed and led diverse projects across various technologies, including Python applications, SQL, NoSQL, Jupyter, Spark, SAP ERP, BW, HANA, AWS, Microsoft Azure, Oracle, and Tableau. He has delivered dropship and marketplace platforms and processes behind multimillion-dollar revenue channels, cost-saving data warehousing and analytics solutions, and ML forecasting applications.

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Alexander Mendoza

Divisional Vice President, Enterprise Analytics
Company: Spencers/Spirit Halloween
Industry: Retail and CPG

Discussion Topic:
CODE – Center of Decision Excellence – Building an effective D&A Transformation Program 

Alex has over 25 years of progressive experience in the Retail and CPG industry, spanning data management, business intelligence, analytics, planning, and project management.

He has successfully led multiple initiatives to improve data quality, governance, and accessibility, as well as to generate insights and recommendations that enhance decision making, performance, and customer satisfaction. He is passionate about leveraging data and analytics to create value and impact for business and the greater good.

With a MS in Analytics from Georgia Tech and a MBA from Indiana University, I also have the academic credentials and the practical skills to design and implement data strategies that align with the company's vision and values

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