Brenda is the Director of Indirect Tax for Acxiom LLC, an international digital marketing and technology provider. In her role at Acxiom, she leveraged multiple automation methods to integrate systems and remove manual processes, streamlining work for the Tax Department, billing and accounting. Prior to Acxiom, she was the Director of Sales/Use Tax at Michaels Stores where she led multiple process automation projects and contributed to the Vertex Retail automation solution content.
Brian Ray | Data Science ML/AI Horizontal Practice Lead, Maven Wave Partners
Brian Ray is the Opening Keynote Speaker for the Summit. He is the Data Science ML/AI Horizontal Practice Lead for Maven Wave Partners. Mr. Ray is heading the group’s mission of solving complex analytical problems for major businesses worldwide though the power of Data Science with enablement in the Cloud. A big picture strategist, team builder and influential top technologist, he has extensive expertise in agile delivery of Data Science — from ideation/discovery, to feasibility, exploration, modeling, to engineering and architecture, to hands-on integration and deployment of best-in-class solutions.
Sam Guevara | Principal, Partner-in-Charge, Chicago Ignition-Tax, KPMG
Sam is KPMG’s Chicago Partner-in-Charge for Ignition Tax. In this capacity, Sam is responsible for managing a team of automation specialists and data scientists that are skilled in various emerging technologies such as Alteryx, Tableau and various Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and cognitive automation solutions. Prior to this role, Sam led KPMG’s Transaction Tax Systems group whose focus is with third party integrations for various indirect tax systems with ERP financial reporting packages and specializes in working with Oracle, SAP and PeopleSoft financial applications.
Seth O’Hara | Partner, State and Local Tax, Grant Thornton
Seth is a Partner in Grant Thornton’s State and Local Tax group and leads the Sales & Use Tax Outsourcing Practice. With over twelve years of state and local tax experience, Seth blends his understanding of indirect tax compliance with his tax automation experience to provide best-in-class services to clients. He has executed or managed more than forty tax technology projects for sales, use, communication, and value added tax.