Learn more about who this year's speakers are!


 "Agile PMO"  Mike Marco
 "Driving Value with an Agile PMO"  Joe Krebs
 "Agile Scheduling Using Microsoft Project"  Angelo Arcoleo
 "Using Agile for Medical Device Software"  Robin Louvain
 "The Places Your PMO Will Go - (Agile Transformation)"  Rob Birkland
 “Scrum, meet Earned Value Management”  Matt Freece



Jochen (Joe) Krebs, PSM, SPS

Jochen (Joe) Krebs is an agile coach, trainer and consultant and most important practitioner. He founded INCREMENTOR, a consulting company specialized in helping organizations with the successful adoption of agile processes for example Scrum, XP, Kanban, Lean and other iterative-incremental processes. Joe has the Professional Scrum Master and Scaled Professional Scrum certifications.

Joe has delivered services and training courses in the United States, Canada, Mexico, India, Germany, Switzerland, UK and France, working with Mercedes-Benz, ParcPlace, Valtech, IBM and AOL and INCREMENTOR. He's also collaborated in delivering training courses with both creators of Scrum; Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland. 

Joe has authored two books, Agile Portfolio Management and the RUP Reference and Certification Guide and speaks at local chapter events and conferences. He's published numerous articles in magazines about agile practices and processes. He's the founder of AGILE NYC, a community of agile professionals in the Big Apple, the  “Agile-Day” conference and the Agile NYC OPEN. Tune into the Agile NYC Podcast to listen to some conversations Joe's recorded with industry experts to spread the wealth of agile knowledge. 


Mike Marco, PMP, CSP, PMI-ACP, PME, AE

Mike Marco has been managing and mismanaging projects worldwide for more than 15 years.  He gained his project management experience while working in the engineering, IT, telecommunication, construction, utility and waste management industry, for Fortune 5 and Fortune 500, domestic and international corporations, including the USA Government, Navy and Military. He is a founder and CEO of eConsulting Group™, Inc., a company dedicated to consulting and training in the field of agile project management, as well as founder of ABOK.org, an organization that developed the A Guide to the Agile Management Body of Knowledge (ABOK)® framework and Agile Expert® certification.

His mission is very simple. It is about learning, teaching and utilizing project management. He strongly believes in "hands on" approach while presenting project management subjects through his seminars. That is the main reason why he developed an advanced project management certification program - Project Management Expert™. 

Mike Marco holds an MBA degree from Andrews University, MI, PMP, PMI-ACP, AE, PME, and CSP certifications. He paints (www.ArtofMarco.com), likes to travel, has a black belt in judo, plays the guitar, horse riding, and enjoys scuba diving, but more than anything he is a project manager. Hear from Mike himself in the above video!    


Matthew Freece, MBA


Matthew Freece is a technical project leader at Harris Corporation where he serves as Scrum Master for on-going software  development activities and champions the benefits of scrum in an industry entrenched in a waterfall development mindset. 

Matt received his B.S. in Computer Science while stationed at Luke Air Force base in Phoenix, AZ, and then later obtained his M.B.A. from the University of Florida in 2011. 

Matt has over 10 years of software development experience at Harris Corporation, and has led software projects ranging from small research and development tasks up to multi-million dollar software development efforts.    





Angelo Arcoleo, PMP

Angelo Arcoleo is a Lead Execution Planning Analyst, Master Scheduler with Harris Corp., Space and Intelligence Systems Division. He founded A/E Consulting to develop and deliver customized and lively Microsoft Project training to organizations in America.  Angelo is currently a team-member of National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Planning & Scheduling Working Group, studying “Techniques Integrating Agile Development Processes into Department of Defense (DoD) Earned Value Management System (EVMS)”.  In his day-to-day job, Angelo applies Agile Scheduling techniques in a Hybryd fashion, combining Agile and conventional waterfall scheduling techniques to help manage advanced materials development projects in a Precision Structures manufacturing environment.

Angelo also teaches at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and Monroe Community College (MCC) as an Adjunct Faculty member and is a Trainer with ProjectPro Corp. He was a technical editor on Eric Uyttewaal’s (ProjectPro founder) Forecast Scheduling using Microsoft  Project 2013 book. 

He is President of the Western New York Chapter of Microsoft Project Users Group (MPUG) and a member of Project Management Institute (PMI). He is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from RIT - Civil Engineering Technology.



Robin Louvain, PMP

Robin Louvain is a Software Portfolio Manager and Senior Project Manager at Carestream Health. With over 15 years of project management experience, seven of which using agile, Robin has been responsible for the commercialization of digital radiography detectors and X-Ray Solutions product software. In her role as Software Portfolio Manager, she has overall responsibility for the product software used on X-Ray Solutions’ medical device products, which are developed in Rochester, NY and Shanghai, China.

Robin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from SUNY Geneseo and a Master’s degree in Product Development from RIT. She is a member of PMI and a certified PMP. Robin is a former nominee for the Rochester Business Journal’s Technology Woman of the Year award as well as a former adjunct instructor in RIT’s Software Engineering Department.  





Robert Birkland, PSM, SPC4

Rob Birkland is the Manager of the Project Office at Paychex.   He was on the agile transformation leadership team and now executes the enterprise agile strategy.During his time at Paychex, Rob also has held the roles of Product Manager and Program Delivery Manager.  Prior to Paychex, he managed the Project Office at Paetec and has spent 10+ years as a project manager.  Rob has the Professional Scrum Master and the SAFe Program Consultant certifications. He got his BS from RIT.

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