The notes. The business cards. The swag. The vendor calls.
I've got some thoughts... and so do my friends.

Along with my list of things you should do after a conference, I spend time revisiting the recent Techcon Unplugged and ASCII Success Summit in Dallas, Texas. 


  1. Make plans to stay in touch. 
  2. Make a list. In fact, make a few. Write down all the takeaways as soon as you can so that you don't forget. Then make a list of everyone you should follow up with (vendors, colleagues, etc.)
  3. Make time and prioritize your actions.
  4. Say thank you and offer feedback. 
  5. Start thinking about the next conference. Before you forget, mark the date


Diana Giles, Skyline IT Management:

Paco Lebron, ProdigyTeks:

Rick Smith, Renactus Technology:

Eric Pinto, SOCSoter:

Michael Crean & Cory Clark, Solutions Granted:

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Michael E. Crean

Speaker, Cyber Thought Leader, and CEO ensuring MSP’s can effectively deliver Cyber Security Services Proud Member of Infragard

Michael E. Crean, a U.S. Army Combat Veteran, founded Solutions Granted, Inc. in 2001. He saw the need for bridging the gap between IT and IS, with solid security offerings and strong cost effect solutions. This commitment in providing real solutions-that met corporate goals and/or compliance standards-caused immediate growth; representing thousands of customers through managed security offerings worldwide. He has entrenched himself in Information Security, implementation and the managed security services industry. He has the experience and knowhow to generate a thoughtful presentation on the State of Security and give the tricks-of-the-trade to assist customers in protecting against security treats.

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Diana Giles


Diana Giles is the President and owner of Skyline IT Management, originally established as The Computer Monkey, LLC in 2004. She truly enjoys helping small businesses improve and secure their operations through the proper use of modern technology. Early on, Diana realized she enjoyed being the go-to tech person in the office more than her regular job, so she left to pursue an entry-level tech support position with Teleflora. She eventually traveled to some of the largest florists in the country doing installation and training. Requests for technology services continued after Diana left work to stay home with her kids, so The Computer Monkey began. Diana has a bachelor’s degree in business and master’s degree in Telecommunications Management from Oklahoma State University. She is also the founder of, a free resource website to help parents protect their children online.