25 Oct October 24, 2019 – Tech IT James Ritter, Call for Code Daniel Krook, Annuities Jim Poolman and Travel Lee Abbamonte
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James Ritter – Founder & CEO at Pulse Technology Solutions
James Ritter Experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Skilled in Customer Relationship Management (CRM), IT Service Management, Team Building, IT Strategy, and Management. Strong entrepreneurship professional with a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) focused in Computer/Information Technology Administration and Management from Humboldt University of Berlin (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin).
Daniel Krook – Chief Technology Officer for Call for Code – Preparing for Natural Disasters
Daniel Krook is the Chief Technology Officer of IBM Code and Response and Call for Code, a multi-year competition that inspires developers to create sustainable software solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. He ensures that those ideas are delivered where they can make the greatest impact as CTO of the IBM Code and Response Initiative.
He has been recognized as an IBM and Open Group Distinguished Technical Specialist, Senior Technical Staff Member, Master Inventor, Member of the IBM Academy of Technology, and Best of IBM Honoree. These titles reflect outstanding business results, technical innovation, team leadership, and mentorship.
Jim Poolman – Executive Director of the Indexed Annuity Leadership Council
Jim Poolman serves as the Executive Director of the Indexed Annuity Leadership Council (IALC), a coalition of life insurance companies that have come together to increase the dialogue surrounding fixed indexed annuities (FIAs). In addition to serving as the IALC’s Executive Director, Jim has been elected twice to serve as North Dakota’s Insurance Commissioner. While Commissioner, Jim worked to strengthen laws to protect citizens against insurance fraud. Jim has also held many leadership posts with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) during his tenure, serving as Chairman of the Life Insurance and Annuities Committee for two years and Vice President of the organization in 2004. Before being elected Insurance Commissioner in 2000, he served four terms in the North Dakota House of Representatives and was a trust officer for the Bremer Bank. In 2007, Jim left his post to start an independent regulatory consulting practice. He advises insurance companies and producer clients on regulatory issues, working with regulators on their behalf.
Lee Abbamonte – Travel Expert, Youngest American to Visit Every Country in the World Plus the North and South Poles, and
Global travel expert Lee Abbamonte, the youngest American to visit every country in the world as well as the North and South poles, and John Sellers, Bank of America Preferred Rewards Executive, discuss summer travel tips on how to save for dream vacations and how to maximize financial rewards, like points and cash back earnings. Lee is a travel expert, writer, entrepreneur, foodie, and global adventurer. Known as “the Marco Polo of the 21st century,” he is the youngest person to visit every country, plus the North and South Poles. A frequent contributor and on-air personality, Lee has been interviewed on Bloomberg TV, CBS, ESPN, FOX, NBC, and the Travel Channel and has been featured in articles in top publications, including the Chicago Tribune, Condé Nast Traveler, New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, and countless others.