Luncheon Panel Discussion on the Intersection of Technology and Finance

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Date(s) - November 13, 2019
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Omni Severin Hotel


Join us as the panel below highlights best practices in technology across small and large companies.  Including topics such as guiding a company through a system conversion, compliance when using the cloud for systems, and data and the foundation of how companies are using blockchain and cryptocurrency.

The panel will include the following speakers:

  • Denise Ardery,  Senior Director of IT at MacAllister Machinery
  • John Kleb, Partner, Strategic Technologies at Sikich
  • Riann Stroud, Senior Cybersecurity Manager at the Mako Group, LLC

Registration link coming soon!

Additional information on our panelists:


Partner, Strategic Technologies

John Kleb is a partner with a focus on Strategic Technologies. He began his career building a six-person CPA firm to handle small business accounting. Being part of a small firm, John gained exposure to issues facing other small businesses that blended his CPA background with his passion in technology.

He joined Sikich in 1995 when his accounting practice of 13 years was acquired to lead a newly formed Small Business Unit. In 2000, John was assigned the role of creating a Microsoft Dynamics NAV (Navision at the time) practice. His energy and visibility within the Microsoft ecosystem helped cement Sikich as a global leader in ERP implementation. John also was instrumental in starting the hugely popular Directions Conference for those in the NAV tech community all over the world.

In 2015, John migrated from ERP software to Business Intelligence applications and formed the Strategic Technologies team within Sikich’s technology division. This has allowed John to engage in the exploration of emerging technologies and their practical applications for the firm’s clients.

In his current role, John is a thought leader in new technologies such as Robotics Process Automation, Cognitive Intelligence, Machine Learning, Analytics and Blockchain.


  • Microsoft Dynamics™ NAV
  • Microsoft Office Sharepoint Server


  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Illinois CPA Society


  • Master’s Degree in Finance, Illinois Benedictine College
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Metropolitan State College
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry, Metropolitan State College



Riann Stroud has worked in Cybersecurity for over 19 years, currently as the Senior Manager of Cybersecurity at The Mako Group. In this role she is a leader in the company’s cyber and cloud security practice and assists clients in conversions to the cloud and evaluating current cloud environments.

Prior to The Mako Group, Riann served as Manager, Identity Access Management at Sallie Mae. While there she managed SailPoint, User Behavior tools and various Cloud projects as well as AD provisioning and Operations. She spent the majority of her career gaining experience in audit and compliance, incident response, cloud, disaster recovery, identity access management, and performing risk assessments.

Riann currently serves as a board member of the ISACA Indianapolis chapter and holds the following certifications: CISA, CRISC, CISSP, CEH, ECSA, CCSK, A+ , Security+. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Security from Westwood College, Denver. Riann is passionate about mentoring girls in cybersecurity programs and empowering women in technology.