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Business Breakfast – May 23 at the Peabody Marriott

Business Breakfast – May 23 at the Peabody Marriott

Event Title: IT Concepts for Small to Medium Sized Businesses – You Have to Get This Right!

Moderator: Russ Tuck, Professor of Computer Science – Gordon College


– Barbara J. MacCorkle, First VP Information Security,
East Boston Savings Bank
– Lucas Merrow, Eliza Corporation
– Paul Parisi, President, Founder – Savior Labs
– Rob Stephenson, CEO and Board Member – Thrive Networks

Sponsor: GraVoc Associates


For small businesses, capital efficiency is paramount. Often, your IT infrastructure is on the low priority list for the company’s investment dollars. To support your business though, do you outsource your IT department or do you make a few initial IT hires? What systems and applications are requisite to run your business? How is your business protected from malicious hackers who use ransomware or worse, steal your data and share it with the dark web? Can your business survive with multiple breaches and how do you make your key customers and vendors comfortable? Lastly, as your company scales, which is a good thing, can your IT infrastructure scale with it? Are you thinking about cloud vs. on-premise? These questions and more will be addressed with our panel of IT professionals who have done it, seen it and lived it.

This program is targeted for entrepreneurs of small to medium-sized businesses, executive, senior managers and students who want to learn more about the current IT environment.


Peabody Marriott
8 Centennial Road
Peabody MA USA

Date and Time

Begins: 05/23/2018 07:00 AM
Ends: 05/23/2018 09:00 AM



Russ Tuck, Professor of Computer Science – Gordon College

Dr. Russell Tuck, is an award-winning software engineering manager, who brings extensive experience to his role as professor of computer science. Dr. Tuck led the productionization and launch of Gmail, and built and managed Gmail’s Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) group. During his 11 years at Google, he also spearheaded the development of support systems for Google’s vast web services and facilitated the company’s EDGE Engineering Leadership Training program. He has published several articles, holds 10 patents and has a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from Duke University.



Barbara J. MacCorkle,
First VP Information Security, East Boston Savings Bank

Barbara has over 25 years of experience in Financial and Technology Services. She has certifications in Information Security from both ISACA and ISC2. Working across the spectrum of business units, she has developed and maintained the bank’s Incident Response, Vendor Management and Business Continuity programs. Information Security works to assure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of the bank’s informational assets.



Lucas Merrow
Mr. Merrow co-founded two leading healthcare technology companies in Massachusetts that each resulted in successful exits. The first was Adheris, a firm specializing in the field of prescription compliance management and analytics (acquired by inVentiv). His second venture was Eliza Corporation, an enterprise healthcare engagement and analytics platform that delivers personalized conversations with the modern healthcare consumer at scale. With over one hundred enterprise customers, including eight of the top ten health plans in the United States, Eliza was acquired by HMS Holdings in April of 2017.
Lucas focuses on founding and helping new companies apply innovative technology to important problems in healthcare. Lucas serves on the boards of several start-up and non-profit organizations, including the Crotched Mountain School and Rehabilitation Center.

Lucas holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from MIT and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He holds over twenty-five US and international patents. In his free time, he enjoys skiing, surfing, fly fishing, and spending time with his wife and three daughters.



Paul Parisi
President, Founder Savior Labs

Paul was born into a family of engineers and entrepreneurs. He worked in (then) cutting-edge tech in the 80s and owned companies that consulted for dotcom bubble startups in the 90s. Paul started SaviorLabs in 2013 based on a solid vision:

  • To do work that aligns with his values in life
  • To prioritize family and community
  • To help people to use technology with minimum waste and maximum productivity.When not working, Paul enjoys watching science fiction shows with his family, caring for his two lovely Labrador retrievers, and spending time practicing woodworking and doing photography.

    Panelist: Stephenson


    Rob Stephenson
    CEO and Board Member – Thrive Networks

    Mr. Stephenson brings more than 20 years of executive level technology business experience to Thrive Networks. Rob was previously a principal at 19 Technologies, an executive consulting firm whose clients included Faction Cloud, Oxford Networks, Expedient, Sweetwater Capital, Bay Capital, Spring Capital and others. Prior to that, he was the Chief Marketing Officer and managing partner at Xand where he oversaw a sale to Tierpoint in 2014, after merging his firm, Access Northeast, with Xand in 2012. Rob was the CEO at Access Northeast from 2007-2012, building the company into a $20 million plus Data Center/Cloud/MSP regional powerhouse with 7+ consecutive years of record income, growth & profitability. He executed multiple term sheets with Private Equity Firms, Senior Banks and Mezzanine SBA Lenders generating working capital for the business and liquidity for shareholders in excess of $750 million.

    Mr. Stephenson has undergraduate degrees in Economics & Political Science from the University of Vermont (1990) and a Masters’ Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the Boston College Carroll School of Management (2002), with a concentration in Technology Marketing. He was enshrined into the Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society in 2002 for his post-graduate work.

    Host: GraVoc

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    Founded in 1994, GraVoc is a technology-consulting firm located in Peabody, Massachusetts. Since its inception, GraVoc has been committed to solving business problems for customers through the development, implementation, & support of technology-based solutions. As a result, we are able to provide our customers with a single point of access to a comprehensive menu of services that meet all of their Information Technology needs.

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    Contact Information:

    Dan Johnson, VP-Business Development
    GraVoc Associates, 81 Main Street, Peabody, MA 01960
    email: djohnson@gravoc.com Tel: 978-538-9055

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