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Red Hat North America Training Partner & Instructor Conference

  • 7 Septembre 2016 to 8 Septembre 2016
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Mirage Resort and Casino

2016 Red Hat North American Training Partner and Instructor Conference

We’re excited to host the 2016 Red Hat North American Training Partner and Instructor Conference on September 7-8  at the Mirage Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Join us to connect with other training partners and instructors, and get the latest details on curriculum, training industry business trends, learning subscriptions, certification, and more.

On this site, you'll find the most up-to-date information on registration, sessions, speakers, awards, conference venue, and accommodations. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us.

Sessions at this year’s conference will be organized into the following tracks:


Wednesday, September 7

8:30 a.m. – 9:30am Registration - ANTIGUA B
9:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. General session

‘Lets Make a Deal’ & Conference Preview
Scott Stewart & Karl Reynolds

State of the Business Review
Ken Goetz

10:50 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Red Hat Cloud: How Does Everything Work Together
Pete Hnath

‘It’s All About Dev Ops These Days…’
Jim Rigsbee

12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch - ANTIGUA B
1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. General Session (Training Partners) – ANTIGUA B

Red Hat by the Numbers
Karl Reynolds

RHLS Standard & Renewal Discussion
Heather Hoover, Angel Penny & Scott Stewart

3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Virtual Training & Self Paced Platform Enhancement Roadmap
Pete Hnath

Red Hat & Microsoft Partnership: Overview and Opportunities
Pete Hnath

Sales Enablement w/ Red Hat OPEN
Allyn Collins

1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Instructors) – JAMAICA B

Red Hat Instruction by the Numbers
Will Dinyes

Project 56 and Curriculum Development
Ralph Rodriguez

3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Examiner Feedback Session
Lene Jensen

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Networking Reception - ANTIGUA B
7:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Pub Crawl – Multiple Locations (All)

Thursday, September 8

9 a.m. –
Light Breakfast - ANTIGUA A
9:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. General session (All) - ANTIGUA A

Red Hat Courses Your Should Know More About, but Probably Don’t
Pete Hnath

OpenStack: Director & Beyond
Forrest Taylor

10:50 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Leveraging the Container Revolution
Forrest Taylor & Steve Bonneville

Red Hat Certification Discussion
Randy Russell

12:20 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch - ANTIGUA B
1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. General Session (Training Partners) – ANTIGUA A

Red Hat Training Leadership Town Hall
Ken Goetz, Karl Reynolds, Pete Hnath, Randy Russell

NA Training Sales: Team Structure & How We Can Help You
Jayson Parish

Open Enrollment Sales Conversations: What are the Top Things Red Hat Customers Ask?
Jennifer Joyner & Scott Stewart

3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

2H Red Hat Marketing Campaigns
Holly Neal

Partner Marketing Enablement & Communications
Kate Sauter & Natalie Knowles

1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Instructors) – JAMAICA B

Video Classroom & eBook Feedback
Barbara O’Brien

Platform Improvements
Rob Locke

Training Track Focus
Susan Lauber

3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

On-Site Sales & Delivery: Behind the Scenes
Jayson Parish

Instructor Feedback Session
Ralph Rodriguez

5:15 p.m. Conference Close – Karl Reynolds
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 2016 Training Partner & Instructor Awards Dinner – ANTIGUA A&B (ALL)


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.


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At the conclusion of the 2016 conference, we'll host our annual awards dinner. We'll recognize the Red Hat fiscal year 2016 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

Informations pratiques


The Mirage Resort & Casino
Las Vegas, NV

The Mirage is centrally located on 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 The Mirage Conference Center on the 1st floor.


McCarron International Airport




The negotiated room rate at the Mirage Hotel & Casino is $75 per night and is available from September 4-9, 2016. (Limited space at the room block rate for September 4 & 9.)

Reserve your room by August 5, 2016 to receive the discounted rate.

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