Optimal '22 - The Leadership Summit for Predictive Procurement

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Optimal Virtual Conference 2021 by Arkestro

Optimal: The AI Conference for Procurement Teams

Access all of the videos from this year’s Optimal virtual conference. Thank you to the 1000+ registrants who attended this year.

Save the date for Optimal 2022 – March 24th!

Access all of the videos from this year’s Optimal virtual conference. Thank you to the 1,000+ registrants who attended this year.

Arkestro Demo & Case Studies

Keynotes

Watch as thought leaders and technology giants share insights into how AI is changing the industry.

Joanna Martinez, Transformation Thought Leader and Author
7:20 AM (PT)

Workshops

Participate in expert-led practical skills workshops to build a high performance procurement organization

Rajiv Gupta, Founder at Procurement League & Anders Lillevik, Founder and CEO at....
10:30 AM (PT)
Ben Leiken, CTO at Arkestro Chandra Khatri, Chief Scientist and Head of Conversational AI at Got It AI
12:30 PM (PT)

General Sessions

Learn from real-world experiences and take away best practices on how to accelerate your procurement transformation journey with AI

Nate Vetter and Patti DeVault
7:55 AM (PT)
Susan Walsh, Founder of The Classification Guru
9:00 AM (PT)
Dr. Elouise Epstein, VP at Kearny Jacob Gorm Larsen, Head of Digital Procurement..
9:45 AM (PT)
Lance Younger, CEO ProcureTech
10:00 AM (PT)
Celebrate the industries most innovative and data-driven procurement teams across industries
1:00 PM (PT)
Watch leading best of breed procurement innovators and startups...
12:00 PM (PT)
Watch leading best of breed procurement innovators and startups...
12:00 PM (PT)

Rob DeSantis

Founder

As a former co-founder of Ariba running sales, Rob has deep expertise in the procurement space, having helped propel Ariba from zero to $250 million in revenue in four years and IPO of the year in 1999 before its acquisition by SAP a decade later. In addition to co-founding Ariba, Rob was also an early angel investor and board member of LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional online network.

More recently, Rob served as an investor and advisor to a small portfolio of companies including Bloom Energy, AEye, Inc., HiQ Labs, Agiloft, USEND and more. He is also a co-founder of Dibbs Technology and TrueParity. Rob holds a BSME from the University of Rhode Island.

Marty Meyer

Chief Financial Officer

A trusted partner and advisor on the executive team, Marty has a unique background having been the CFO of nine venture backed technology companies. Marty has raised over $300M in venture funding and has closed six strategic M&A transactions with a combined value of over $1B. Marty has deep domain expertise in ecommerce, consumer internet, networking, data security, data privacy, media technology and enterprise software industries. Marty is especially experienced in the finance and operations activities of SaaS companies and is driven by data and metrics to help create outstanding customer experiences and drive efficient growth.

Neil Lustig

President and Chief Operating Officer

Neil is a seasoned executive with over 30 years of experience leading and building teams in Tech. Neil brings insights from a variety of market spaces and company sizes. Most recently Neil was the CEO of GAN Integrity, an innovative SaaS Compliance technology company serving enterprise customers in North America and Europe. Before that Neil was the CEO of Sailthru, a leader in ML driven personalized multi-channel marketing communications for media and e-commerce markets. Prior to that Neil was the CEO of Vendavo, the leader in B2B price optimization and management for large enterprises. Before Vendavo, Neil led the commercial team at Ariba, the market pioneer that defined and created the eProcurement space. Neil served as the GM of Ariba Europe and subsequently the GM of Ariba North America. Neil started his career at IBM where he spent sixteen years, initially as a software developer, and then twelve years in a variety of Sales and Marketing roles

 

Neil has a BS in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from SUNY Albany. He is a native New Yorker, Brooklyn born, and still resides with his wife and three children in New York City.

Bonnie Adams

Director of People Operations

Bonnie is a People Operations and HR veteran, with over a decade of experience establishing successful people and culture functions for early to mid-stage tech startups going through high growth phases. She has a passion for supporting and creating inclusive and collaborative work environments and is well-versed in driving positive changes in her organizations as a trusted leader. Prior to joining Arkestro Bonnie worked as the People & Culture Coordinator for Ionic Security, helping them scale from 5 to over 200 employees in addition to a $120M funding round. Most recently she was the Head of People & Culture for blockchain innovator Storj Labs and was the Director of Human Resources at PrizePicks, the largest independently owned Daily Fantasy Sports platform in North America.

Arym Diamond

Chief Revenue Officer

Arym Diamond joined Arkestro in January 2022 bringing over 20 years of experience in the enterprise software and consultancy industry.  He is responsible for the worldwide go-to-market revenue strategy. Prior to Arkestro, Arym was Chief Revenue Officer at CalAmp focused on Telematics and Logistics. He also served as the area vice president of North American Sales within the Salesforce.com Enterprise Business unit for Einstein Analytics & AI, where analytics and machine learning were re-imagined for the front office.  Prior to that, he spent over 10 years at Oracle in various sales positions. Arym holds an MBA from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, and an undergraduate degree from California State University.

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