​​The M365 Chicago Event Team

M365 Chicago was formed to provide a free, local opportunity for people to learn about Microsoft 365 and network with other SharePoint users/admins.

Craig Jahnke, Customer Engineer - Microsoft

Craig has been interested in technology since getting a Commodore 64 for Christmas. He has been working in professionally in the technology field for the past 12 years. He started working with SharePoint as a side project to his main job about 15 years ago and been working primarly with SharePoint for the past 10 years. He is a member of several user groups and loves to get together with others and talk about technology and how it best can be used to solve business problems.

Twitter: @TechJahnke
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/craig-jahnke/2/b0/49/

Heather Ackmann, Instructional Designed and Co-Founder - AHA Learning Solutions

Heather Ackmann is an instructional designer, Microsoft MVP, and author for LinkedIn Learning and Pluralsight. She is currently working on finishing a MS degree in HCI at DePaul University. She loves helping people communicate and connect better through technology. In her spare time, you can find her pulling weeds on her Animal Crossing island “Coronomore.”

Twitter: @heatherackmann
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/heatherackmann/

John "Jay" Leask PMP, Principal Solution Engineer - AvePoint Public Sector

Jay has been in software & web development since 1998. His varied experiences include Project Management, Architecture, Graphics Design, Front End Development, Back End Development (including PHP, ASP, .NET, TSQL, XML & BizTalk) … and Sales. His time in the industry has offered many opportunities for growth but his favorite task is helping with planning and problem solving around digital collaboration and stakeholder engagement.

Twitter: @jayleask
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jleask/

Michael Blumenthal, Office 365 Platform Lead - Aon

Michael Blumenthal is a Microsoft Office 365 MVP and the Office 365 Platform Lead at Aon. He helps teams of business people be more productive and ensures that the organization gets value from its Office 365 investment. As a technical community leader, he co-leads the Office 365 Adoption User Group (Chicagoland Chapter) and organizes their bi-monthly meetings as well as special events. As a public speaker, he can be found speaking on business technology topics including business productivity, collaboration, knowledge and expertise management, communication and content management, cloud adoption, and Office 365. Hear him year-round at Chicago-area technology events and user groups as well as national conferences such as Microsoft Ignite. You can catch the group's videos here.

Twitter: @michaelbl
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelbblumenthal/

Paul Schaeflein, Technical Architect - AddIn365

Paul Schaeflein has worked with Microsoft’s SharePoint technologies since it was called the Digital Dashboard. This work encompasses substantial custom development, implementations and training. Also, Paul was granted the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for his community work – primarily presentations at national conferences, regional events and user groups.

Twitter: @paulschaeflein
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulschaeflein/

Ralph Rivas, National Solutions Architect/Office 365 Champion - Sogeti

Ralph is a seasoned professional with nearly two decades of experience delivering quality software and solutions. He is also the co-host of the online (light) blue collar video blog/podcast https://www.cloudtalkshow.com. He helps run the Chicago Power Platform User group in addition to being a speaker for events such as SharePoint Saturday and other virtual venues. He is active in the PnP community with some modest contributions to docs.microsoft.com.

Twitter: @bigpix2000
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ralphrivas/