Tech Talk: Meet the Presenters

Ironman triathlons, data recovery specialists, Ph.D.s, executive directors, professors, entrepreneurs, IT geniuses, marathon runners, and more. These are just some of the traits of our presenters at our tech talk on May 4th at the Minnetrista Gathering Place in Muncie.

Find out more about the tech talk HERE.

We wanted to introduce you to our presenters so you could get an idea of who they are. We know that this will get you just as excited as we are to hear them speak! So without further ado, let’s get to these introductions.


Dr. Michael Goldsby

Michael G. Goldsby, Ph.D. is the Chief Entrepreneurship Officer, the Stoops Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship, Professor of Management, and Director Emeritus of the Entrepreneurship Center and Program at Ball State University.

And if all of those titles aren’t enough for you, he also is a published author, co-writing “Innovation Acceleration (Prentice Hall) and the forthcoming Design Centered Entrepreneurship (Routledge). His research has been reported in many international outlets, such as ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN and the Associated Press.

Now we could stop here, and you would have plenty of reasons to see Dr. Goldsby talk at our event. But we also feel the need to mention his passion for athletics. Dr. Goldsby has completed 25 marathons, including eight Boston Marathons. He also completed his first Ironman triathlon in 2012. His recent study on entrepreneurship and fitness was covered by Runner’s World, Prevention Magazine, Muscle and Fitness, and Health Magazine, among others.

Dr. Goldsby will be our keynote speaker. His talk will be on “Big Innovation for Small Business.”

Read his Full bio HERE.



Our partners at Datto, a world leader in disaster recovery, will be on-hand to talk about their state-of-the-art technology. Datto’s subscription service will revive a company’s network instantly when things go wrong. They can prevent your business downtime, even if your physical hardware has been destroyed.

If your business relies on data in the cloud, Datto can protect your critical information from the most likely form of loss: humans. Accidental deletions, ex-employees, even malicious activity, Datto backs up, protects and allows you to restore accounts and data instantly so business can return to normal.

Founded in 2007 by Austin McChord, Datto is privately held and profitable. McChord has been named to Forbes “30 under 30” ranking of top Entrepreneurs. Datto has been covered in publications like TechTarget, Forbes, Bloomberg Business, and Harvard Business Journal. Learn about the technology that has made Datto such a huge success.

Visit their website to learn more at


LEAP Managed IT

Last but not least, we have our approachable IT geniuses here at LEAP. We have Gary Thomas, Michael Thomas, and Brandon Hall. Hear them talk about the latest trends in technology that you need to know to keep your business going.

Gary is LEAP’s partner and president. He’s known for his creative problem-solving skills, witty humor, and his ability to connect people. Being at LEAP for over 22 years, he’s seen it all. He’s not one to back down from a challenge and enjoys helping clients when they need it the most. He loves seeing clients reach new successes and is the first in line to rally around clients when they knock it out of the park. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Amy, their hound dogs and volunteering as a board member for the Community Foundation of Muncie & Delaware County. His dream is to one day compete in the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.

Listen to Gary’s talk on “An 86-year-old start-up, how we drive evolution at LEAP”.

As the COO of LEAP, Michael is known by his clients as a ‘behind-the-scenes’ genius. He always listens first, is incredibly patient and is always helpful when it comes to solving challenges and seeing opportunities. Before joining LEAP 3 years ago, he worked for a Fortune 200 firm for over a decade where he was responsible for a national team dedicated to consulting large organizations on how to use technology and insights to improve business results. He also co-founded an early stage drug development firm in 2009 that focused on developing ‘smart’ therapies for the treatment of severe bone disorders. As a child, he dreamed of being a professional baseball player. Today, you can find him spending time with his family doing various outdoor activities, coaching soccer and basketball and being on the Fishers/HSE Girls Board of Directors.

Michael’s talk will keep you up to date on all the “Tech Trends” you need to know.

Brandon is the Director of Technical Services of LEAP. Working at LEAP for over nine years, he enjoys helping new and existing clients reach their true potential when it comes to making their technology more efficient and profitable. Though Brandon dreamed of being a neurosurgeon growing up, lucky for you, he opted into diagnosing and treating IT systems and managing LEAP’s technical teams. When he’s not at LEAP or with clients, you can find Brandon spending time with family, camping and being a Cub Scout Tiger Den Leader. He is also president of the Association of Information Technology Professionals- East Central Indiana Chapter (AITP-ECI).

Brandon will speak on “UPDATED user info.”

Please join us for one or both sessions. Seating is limited. Admission is complimentary. Registration is required. All conference costs are covered by LEAP Managed IT.

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Patrycja Thomas

Author: Patrycja Thomas

Fortune 500 sales and marketing veteran dedicated to helping small businesses change the world with technology.