Helping to Close the Skills Gap

Helping to Close the Skills Gap

Is your company struggling to identify, acquire and retain top talent?

In a recent article by ISACA chairman Matt Loeb, he warns that the shortage of cyber-security skill is a critical gap. It’s no secret that there is a skills gap in our technology market but that does not mean you should settle for less than the best candidates. Just like a knowledgeable realtor can negotiate the best home deal for you and your family, a skilled recruiting firm can deliver the best talent for your open positions.  If you would like more information about closing the skills gap in your company, please contact me,

$100K+ Top Job Pick – IT Security Engineer, Permanent, Miami

$100K+ Top Job Pick – IT Security Engineer, Permanent, Miami

Apply to this job.

Miami based financial services firm is seeking an IT Security Engineer to ensure the security of the organization’s systems and information assets. Protects against unauthorized access, modification, or destruction while supporting control objectives to meet regulatory and contractual requirements.

SherlockTalent is happy to offer a $500 referral bonus.

Two Rachels Speak Out – Podcast

Two Rachels Speak Out – Podcast

Listen to the podcast.

The panel discusses what really is Miami music. Rachel Appel explains that Chicago Pizza isn’t really pizza and the concept of the Rachii. The Rachels discuss the state of women in technology. Rachel Appel explains how she got started in technology and how she may have fractured a few rules during her start. Rachel Terman talks about her start in technology and how her business background propelled her. Rachel Appel tells a conference story when a male developer decided to be offensive and rude. The panel discusses how to get more diversity in conference speakers. Richie cons Rachel Terman into speaking at dotNet Miami. Richie shares his love for Cecil’s voice.

Rachel Appel is a 20+ year software engineer, author, mentor, and speaker. Rachel currently works as an independent consultant following a tenure at Microsoft; however she still works closely with Microsoft as an ASPInsider and IE userAgent. You can read Rachel’s monthly “Modern Apps” column for MSDN Magazine, or her blog about software development at Catch her speaking at top conferences such as VSLive, DevConnections, Devlink, and Netconf UY. Her expertise is in web development on the Microsoft stack, including ASP.NET MVC, Web Forms, SignalR, C#, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and TypeScript. Rachel also deals with data as a DBA and data scientist).

Rachel Terman is the Director of Operations for Schuman Feathers. Previously, she was the Vice-President of Product and Development at XEQ Information Solutions where she specialized in SharePoint, Office365, C# and VB.Net. Rachel is an active member of South Florida Development community and helps organizes events such as the South Florida Code Camp and dotNet Miami. She is also the founder of the Tech Night at the Ballpark, a networking event for the South Florida Technical Community held at Marlins Park in August. For more information go to

Technology Leaders Awards – April 28

Technology Leaders Awards – April 28




AOD Systems
Ryder System. Inc.


Susan Amat. Venture Hive
Mayra Regalado. Auto.tion, Inc.
Joanna Schwartz FarlyShares
Mimi Taylor. Baptist Health South Florida


Jake Elliott. SnagTan, Inc., UM
Herwig Konings. Accredify, UM
Naphtali David Rishe
Krishba Vedela


Brian B rackeen
Daniel Cane. Modernizing Medicine
Jim McKelvey, LaunchCode


Growing Miami’s Technology Hub with Education – April 28

Growing Miami’s Technology Hub with Education – April 28

Please note: This meeting has been scheduled immediately before the annual Technology Leaders of the Year awards luncheon.

Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce needs your help!

The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Technology and Education Committees conducted a survey relating to aligning technology workforce needs to curriculum needs in our community. Updated survey findings will be presented at this town hall meeting. The program also features education leadership, technology curriculum specialists, and technology CE0s/C10s, who will share in more depth the changes that are occurring in their technology curriculum in response to the workforce needs. The discussion will highlight education and internship trends.

The Greater Miami Chamber strives to highlight the success and progress made in building Miami as a technology hub.


Dr. Amir Mirmiran, Dean and Vasant H. Surti Professor, FIU Engineering and Computing


Matt Haggman, Miami Program Director, Knight Foundation

Djuradj Babic, Director, School of Engineering+Technology, Wolfson Campus, Miami Dade College

Richard Benvenuti, Executive Director, Division of Instructional Technology, Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Brian Brackeen, CEO, Kairos

Andrea Francis, Director of Operations, Accenture

Khaled “Dr. Zak” Zakaria, Director of Academic Computing, University of Miami College of Engineering

Download the official PDF: Ed Tech Event 04-28-15


Agile Transformation Summit in South Florida – May 28

Agile Transformation Summit in South Florida – May 28

You don’t have to travel far to meet the nationally recognized Agile thought leaders, Agile Transformation Summit brings them to our neighborhood for one high energy day in May!  Network with senior executives from South Florida companies and IT professionals to learn about their Agile journey.  We set the bar high last year with the caliber of the program, and this year the bar is even higher!  Cutting edge talks that you would only see in the major global conferences, interactive Agile games, structured networking events, and an executive track; all accessible at no additional cost!  Conference proceeds will contribute to the Emerging Technology Scholarship Fund at Nova Southeastern University for students with a high GPA and financial need.


Visit the event website:

Global Azure Bootcamp 2015 – Fort Lauderdale and Miami – April 25

Global Azure Bootcamp 2015 – Fort Lauderdale and Miami – April 25

We’re ready for action!

Welcome to Global Azure Bootcamp! On, Saturday, April 25, 2015 we are out to set some records again!

In April of 2013 we held the first Global Windows Azure Bootcamp at more than 90 locations around the globe! In March 2014 we topped that with 136 locations! This year we are again doing a one day deep dive class to help thousands of people get up to speed on developing Cloud Computing Applications for Azure. In addition to this great learning opportunity we will have another set of hands on labs. In 2014 we pooled a huge global compute farm to perform diabetes research. This year everyone can participate in a compute pool for breast cancer.

Use this link to register for the Ft. Lauderdale event at Nova Southeastern University:

Use this link to register for the Miami event at the Microsoft Innovation Center:


Join Mary Spio and other top speakers at the 2nd Annual NAF Student Industry Conference – May 20

Join Mary Spio and other top speakers at the 2nd Annual NAF Student Industry Conference – May 20

Paving the Way To A Better Future

Taking place on May 20th 2015 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, the 2nd Annual National Academy Foundation Student Industry Conference is the perfect opportunity for South Florida businesses to meet and interact with our future workforce.

The conference is hosted by Miami Dade County Public Schools’ NAF Academies of Finance, Engineering, Information Technology, Health Sciences, Hospitality and Tourism. The conference creates pathways to success for students through insightful sessions and internship interviews directly with industry professionals.

Keynote Speaker:

Mary-Spio-photo-195x300Mary Spio, author of It’s Not Rocket Science: 7 Game- Changing Traits for Uncommon Success is best known for creating and holding patents on the technology used to digitally release feature films over satellite and for demographically targeted distribution of cinema content (alternate endings). The technology was commercialized via Boeing Digital Cinema and Lucas Films. Today the technology is widely used as an accepted, cost saving, modern alternative for scores of major films. Mary is the founder of Next Galaxy Corp a leading content and technology solutions company creating CEEK – a fully immersive social platform for accessing virtual reality and augmented reality content. Spio’s companies have created content and or technology for global titans including Microsoft XBOX, Coca Cola Company, Tribune News Company (Parent of LA Times, Chicago Times etc.), Emmis Communications, Billboard Awards, Lincoln-Ford and scores of iconic celebrities, retailers, radio station groups and much more

Call for Sponsors / Speakers:

Sponsorship opportunities.

Miami NAF Academy Advisory Boards will unite to host the 2nd Annual Mega NAF Student Industry Conference for the Academies of Engineering, Finance, Information Technology, Health Sciences, and Hospitality and Tourism. Approximately 1500 students will attend this event on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC) our Host Sponsor. If you are interested in sponsoring or speaking at the event, please follow the links below.

College / Career Fair Table click here

Sponsors click here to sign-up

Speakers click here to sign-up



Only 8 Weeks to go to SQL Saturday #379 – June 13

Only 8 Weeks to go to SQL Saturday #379 – June 13

Only 8 weeks away from SQL Saturday South Florida edition! to be held on Saturday June 13th. at Nova Southeastern University.

Have you registered yet?  Save the date and tell your colleagues about it too… #SQLSatSoFla  #SQLSat379


Remember if you’d like to volunteer for this event, check that option when you register, THANK YOU!!!

SQLSaturday is a training event for SQL Server professionals and those wanting to learn about SQL Server. This event will be held Jun 13 2015 at 3301 College Ave, Davie, FL 33314. Admittance to this event is free, all costs are covered by donations and sponsorships. Please register soon as seating is limited, and let friends and colleagues know about the event.

*We do ask that you consider to OPT-IN for the Sponsors of this event. Without their assistance, we cannot bring this FREE event to you. You can always opt-out if and when they contact! Thank you for your consideration.



eMerge Hiring Fair – Is your company hiring?

eMerge Hiring Fair – Is your company hiring?


You are invited to participate in the eMerge Americas Hiring Fair.


Your company is invited to apply to participate in the Hiring Fair at eMerge Americas.  Last year over 6,000 attended eMerge Americas, this year the goal is 10,000 attendees.

Attendee Demographics include:

Software developers
Robotics engineers
Tech entrepreneurs
Corporate leaders
Marketing professionals
Political leaders
Innovators and Thought leaders in Big Data, Mobility, Start Up, Cyber Security, Cloud, and Social Business— across the industry sectors, defining the next phase of technology
And more!

Only 50 companies shall be chosen to participate in this no cost Hiring Fair.  Apply now through this link for your company’s Hiring Fair place in the race to hire South Florida’s best technology, marketing and innovative professionals.

You are welcome to contact me with any questions. Join the movement!