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Event Date

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Event Time

12 -3:30

Event Location

QTS Chicago 
2800 S Ashland Ave Chicago IL, 60608

"Fall" Into Bitcoin

Come have lunch with us and join our panel of experts for an afternoon of discussions around current industry trends, security concerns and risks related to Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies.


12:00 - 12:45 PM Welcome & Registration  
12:45 - 1:10 PM Trading and Hedging Bitcoin with the Use of Financial Market Derivatives Teddy Kekstadt, Forex Trading Unlocked
1:10 - 1:35 PM Choosing Your Bitcoin Wallet Gil Valentine, Athena Bitcoin
1:35 - 1:45 PM Security & Risks Related to Bitcoin Josh Cole, QTS
1:45 - 2:00 PM Q&A Break  
2:00 - 2:10 PM Procuring and Managing the Right Bitcoin Equipment Leo Chinnaswamy, Pinnacle Business Systems
2:10 - 2:40 PM General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Gant Redmon, IBM
2:40 - 3:30 PM Round Table Discussions & Data Center Tours  



Leo Chinnaswamy, Pinnacle Business Systems

Leo’s skills revolve around Data Center, Telecom, Carrier Connectivity, Hosted Private Clouds, Cisco, and Dell/EMC.  Leo has 17 years of experience in the Data Center/Telecom Industry, mostly working with Fortune 100/500 clients specializing in the Financial Market, Healthcare, Carrier and Cloud Providers. He has worked as a Data Center Solutions Engineer, designing space, power, and connectivity solutions for customers as well as creating Private Dedicated Cloud infrastructures. He is also a Cisco CCNA Instructor.


Josh Cole, QTS Data Centers

IT veteran with over 18 years of experience in Data Center, Managed Hosting and Cloud.  Having served in Operations and Sales focused positions at startups and established, publicly traded companies Josh brings a unique perspective to all of his engagements.  Josh’s top priority is enabling his customers to stay ahead of their competition and meet their internal requirements by providing them right-fit solutions.


Teddy Kekstadt, Forex Trading Unlocked

Teddy has been a futures and currency trader for the past 28 years and does market consulting.  He is the author of “High Probable Japanese Candlestick Patterns” for trading in financial markets.  Teddy has a Degree in Finance/International Markets from DePaul University


Gant Redmon, IBM
Gant has worked at security software companies for the past nineteen years, most recently at IBM’s Security Division. He ran internal GDPR compliance for IBM Security and currently manages the legal logic in the IBM Resilient Incident Response Platform. Prior to IBM, Gant was the general counsel at several security startups that went on to be acquired. In 1997, he was appointed membership on the President Clinton’s Export Council Subcommittee on Encryption (PECSENC). Gant received his JD from Wake Forest University and his BA from the University of Virginia, and is admitted to practice law in Virginia and Massachusetts.


Gil Valentine, Athena Bitcoin

Gilbert “Gil” Valentine is a co-founder & Chief Compliance Officer of Athena Bitcoin Inc. in Chicago.  Athena has several cryptocurrency business’, three business lines solve the problems of “last mile” access of crypto for the masses. He is a former derivatives trader and broker with 20 years experience in trading both listed and over-the-counter futures, options, and swaps.  Gil continues to own his seat on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange where he has been a member since 1994.
Gil has been in Bitcoin since 2013 and continues to learn and be fascinated with the social, financial, and economic implications of digital currency. Gil lives in Chicago with his wife and two children whose allowance has been paid in bitcoin since 2014