Red Hat North America Training Partner & Instructor Conference

  • September 5, 2018 to September 6, 2018
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino

2018 Red Hat North American Training Partner and Instructor Conference

We’re excited to host the 2018 Red Hat® North American Training Partner and Instructor Conference on September 5-6 at Caesars Palace Las Vegas.

At this year’s conference, we expect record attendance from our training partners, Red Hat instructors, and Red Hat® Academy instructors. To provide targeted content for our attendees, we are developing an updated agenda featuring informative breakout sessions, topic-specific focus groups, and guest speakers. On this site, you'll find the most up-to-date information on registration, sessions, speakers, awards, logistics, and accommodations.

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Here is a preview of our September 5 and 6 sessions:

General sessions: These general sessions will feature presentations from Red Hat Training and Certification leadership and guest presenters. We will discuss new Red Hat global training initiatives.

Training partners breakout sessions: These focus group-style sessions for training partners will focus on best practices for sales, sales enablement, marketing, public sector business partners, and selling Red Hat Learning Subscription.

(NEW) Training partner roundtable discussions: New for 2018, we will present a 90-minute roundtable session comprised of focused, short 10–15-minute presentations on topics including training and certification, marketing, sales enablement, and Red Hat emerging technologies.

Instructor breakout sessions: These sessions will consist of presentations on a variety of instructor training topics including emerging technologies, classroom best practices, Red Hat learning community engagement, and courseware roadmaps.

Red Hat Academy breakouts: Red Hat Academy sessions will feature presentations from the Red Hat Curriculum and Academy team and Red Hat instructors. The sessions will focus on classroom best practices, classroom experience, and Red Hat emerging technologies. t practices & Red Hat emerging technologies. More details to come.

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Ken Goetz
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.
Pete Hnath
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
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 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 2018 Red Hat Training Partner and Instructor Conference will be added by July 1.

At the conclusion of the 2018 conference, we'll host our annual awards dinner. We'll recognize the Red Hat® fiscal year 2018 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

Travel Information


Caesars Palace Resort and Casino

Join us at the world-famous Caesars Palace Resort and Casino. All meetings—and the majority of social functions—will be held at the Caesars Palace Conference Center, located on the Promenade Level and accessible from an escalator and elevators near the palace tower.


From McCarran International Airport to 3570 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109




Caesars Palace Room

Caesars Palace Resort & Casino is US$109 per night* and is available from September 2 - 7.

*Rates will vary the nights of September 2 and 7. Reserve your room by August 14, 2018 to receive the discounted rate.



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