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Red Hat North America Training Partner & Instructor Conference

  • 6. September 2017 bis 7. September 2017
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

2017 Red Hat North American Training Partner and Instructor Conference

We’re excited to host the 2017 Red Hat North American Training Partner and Instructor Conference, September 6-7, at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.

This year we're introducing an exciting new format to address attendees in a more targeted fashion. We're introducing new topic sessions, more focus group sessions, and guest speakers. We're also welcoming Red Hat Academy instructors to the festivities.

Here you'll find the most up-to-date information on registration, sessions, speakers, awards, the venue, logistics, and accommodations. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact these liaisons:

Sessions at this year’s conference are published roughly 60 days prior to the start of the conference. Here's a sneak peek into our September 6 & 7 sessions:

Morning general sessions: These general sessions will feature Red Hat Training + Certification Leadership. Also, for the first time, we'll feature presentations from guest speakers. More details on the guest speakers to come.

Afternoon training partners breakout sessions: These breakout sessions for training partners will consist of best practices for sales, sales enablement, marketing, and the Red Hat® Learning Subscription.

(NEW) Afternoon training partner focus group sessions: The partner focus groups will consist of short, 15- to 20-minute presentations on training and certification topics featuring presentations from Red Hat Sales, Red Hat Marketing, and Red Hat partners. More Details to come.

Afternoon instructor breakout sessions: These sessions will consist of presentations on a variety of instructor training topics including emerging technologies, classroom set-up best practices, customer surveys, and courseware roadmaps. Both Red Hat Training & Red Hat Academy instructors should attend.

(NEW) Afternoon Red Hat Academy focus group sessions: The Red Hat Academy focus groups will consist of presentations from the Red Hat Curriculum & Academy team to focus on classroom best practices & Red Hat emerging technologies. More details to come.

Ken Goetz
Ken Goetz is Vice President of Global Learning Services at Red Hat, where he is responsible for building a community of outstanding and enthusiastic users of Red Hat products. Prior to Red Hat, Ken held many different roles in the IT education industry, including selling training, teaching classes, developing content, and managing back-office functions globally. He built and implemented a number of education programs from scratch and pioneered innovative solutions to grow the adoption of new learning formats and modalities. At Oracle, Ken led the integration of over 80 different acquired training businesses spanning the full spectrum of the technology stack, including SaaS and on-premise horizontal/vertical applications, hardware solutions, and middleware/database/cloud technologies. Ken lives in Raleigh, North Carolina and is a two-time Ironman triathlete. He received his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Ralph Rodriguez
Ralph Rodriguez is a fourteen-year Red Hat employee. He has worked in virtually all areas of the training business at Red Hat including instruction, certification administration and development, curriculum development, and North American regional management. Currently, he is senior manager for Training in North America and he leads the global Training Quality Management Team.
Pete Hnath
Pete Hnath holds the title of Senior Director of Curriculum Development for Red Hat and is responsible for over 30 courses in the product portfolio. Key projects he's led include the roll-out of a comprehensive curriculum development process, restructuring the coursebooks to be adult learning centered, and the creation of an open source based virtual training platform. His team recently launched Red Hat Online Learning, an innovative, hands-on, self-paced training program running in the Amazon cloud. Previously, Mr. Hnath co-founded Red Hat University and led the creation of Red Hat's Sales College. In this position, he launched a 40+ hour elearning curriculum and sales certification program. Earlier in his ten-year Red Hat career, he led the company's partner marketing efforts. Mr. Hnath holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Florida.
Randy Russell
Randy Russell is the Senior Director of Certification at Red Hat. He has overseen the development of the industry-leading Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) and Red Hat Certified Technician (RHCT) performance-based exams, as well as the performance-based Certificates of Expertise exams that lead to the Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA), Red Hat Certified Security Specialist (RHCSS), and Red Hat Datacenter Specialist (RHCDS) credentials. He also oversaw the development of Red Hat's training curriculum until 2007, at which time he had the opportunity to focus on certification. Prior to joining Red Hat in 1999, Randy was a system administrator, programmer, and economist at an environmental economics consulting firm.
Karl Reynolds
Karl is Red Hat's Senior Director of Training for North America. He manages all aspects of the training business in the United States and Canada. Karl has nearly 20 years of IT training experience. In his career, he has delivered, developed, sold, and managed a variety of training programs. Karl is a graduate of Virginia Tech.

Sponsors for the 2017 Red Hat Training Partner & Instructor Conference will be added by July 1, 2017.



At the conclusion of the 2017 conference, we'll host our annual awards dinner. We'll recognize the Red Hat fiscal year 2017 achievements of both our training partners and instructors:


  • Red Hat Premier Training Partner of the Year
  • Red Hat Advanced Training Partner of the Year
  • Red Hat Ready Training Partner of the Year
  • Red Hat Commercial Distributor of the Year
  • Red Hat Public Sector Distributor of the Year
  • Red Hat Training Directors Award
  • Red Hat Training Partner Sales Representative of the Year
  • Red Hat Training Partner Marketing Manager of the Year


  • Red Hat New Instructor of the Year
  • Red Hat Upper Level Instructor of the Year
  • Red Hat Middleware Instructor of the Year
  • Red Hat Linux Instructor of the Year
  • Red Hat Director’s Award for Training Leadership



Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino

Paris Las Vegas is located centrally on the Las Vegas Strip with great restaurants, shopping, nightlife, and gaming opportunities either on the property or within walking distance.

All meetings and social functions will be held in the Paris Las Vegas Conference Center on the 1st floor between the room elevators and Bally’s Hotel & Casino.


McCarron International Airport




The negotiated room rate at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino is $79 per night and is available from September 3-9, 2017. (Rates may vary on the dates of September 3 and September 9.)

Reserve your room by August 2, 2017 to receive the discounted rate.

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