Diane L. Yetter is a strategist, advisor, speaker, and author in the field of sales and use tax. She is president and founder of YETTERTM, a sales tax consulting and tax technology firm in business since 1996. She is also the founder of The Sales Tax Institute, a premier think tank that offers live and online courses to educate business professionals about sales and use tax
Eric co-founded Sabrix as the original architect of the Sabrix Application Suite. During the growth of Sabrix, he started and led the Development, Tax Research, and Presales teams. Sabrix was acquired by Thomson Reuters in 2009. After leaving Sabrix, Eric joined Ducharme McMillen & Associates where he led teams to architect and develop solutions in compliance, exemption certificate management, and purchasing. In 2014, Eric founded ECTaxSolutions, a boutique firm focused on the advancement and implementation of transaction tax solutions.
Gary is the COO at Cordiance LLC, a software and delivery firm specializing in rapid deployment of tax automation solutions leveraging robotic process automation and industry expertise. Prior to Cordiance, he co-founded Sabrix, Inc. in 1999 and led that venture backed start-up to a successful acquisition by Thomson Reuters in 2009. At Sabrix, he led all customer facing divisions including professional services and customer support. After the acquisition, he led product management and software development. He has a unique combination of technology, accounting, and operations experience.
Stephen is co-founder and CEO of Cordiance, a California-based technology business developing robotic process automation technologies to augment and optimize professional service delivery in the indirect tax automation space. Before his role at Cordiance, Stephen was a Partner at KPMG LLP, where he was National Partner in Charge of KPMG’s US-based indirect tax automation practice and was responsible for KPMG’s indirect tax relationship with Thomson Reuters and other indirect tax technology vendors.
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.
Christine is the Executive Vice President/Business Development Director with Chicago Crypto Capital, LLC. Chicago Crypto Capital specializes in early stage crypto projects, is launching a hedge fund, and offers enterprise solutions to clients looking to incorporate blockchain. At Chicago Crypto, Christine enjoys growing her influence through the creation of strategic partnerships in the blockchain/crypto space; educating and inspiring people of the exciting world of crypto and blockchain is a great passion of hers. Christine enjoys being part of an industry that is changing the world.
Graduate of the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, Brian began his finance career as a commodity broker in Chicago, specializing in Energy derivatives. He then traded Gold, Silver, and Copper for a proprietary trading firm before leaving for the tech world. In 2017, Brian partnered with Oliver Young to create Chicago Crypto Capital. After initially focusing on trading and derivates, he spearheaded the company’s transition toward early-stage crypto financing. After participating in several successful projects, Chicago Crypto Capital is now a leading Cryptocurrency advisory firm and Brian is recognized as an expert in early-stage crypto financing.