We are excited to have two gifted presenters with us at VenaNOLA: a leading Enterprise Resource Planning expert and researcher, and a true local hero who coordinated the relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina.

Nick Castellina Nick Castellina Vice President, Principal Analyst Aberdeen Group
General Honore Russel L. Honoré Lieutenant General (Retired.) Commander of Joint Task Force Katrina & Global Preparedness Authority

Nick Castellina

Nick Castellina’s primary research focuses on the use of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software. His enterprise applications research explores how ERP is used differently across industries, and how it can apply to all roles within the organization. To round out his research practice, Castellina leads yearly studies on Enterprise Performance Management, Business Process Management, Professional Services Automation, and project management.

His financial planning, budgeting, and forecasting research has extended his coverage into more general financial management topics, including tax management, accounting, reporting, compliance, treasury and risk, and the office of the CFO. In addition to these topics, Castellina manages the analysts in Aberdeen’s Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management, Product Innovation and Engineering, and Financial Management & GRC research practices.

Nick holds a BS in Marketing from Bentley University and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts Boston with specializations in finance and marketing.

Click here to review Nick’s latest industry research reports.

Nick Castellina

Lieutenant General Russel L. Honoré

If anyone knows how to successfully lead and execute a mission, it’s Lt. General Russel Honoré, USA (Ret.), who saved a city by taking swift charge of military relief efforts in Hurricane Katrina-battered New Orleans in 2005.

With meticulous perspective and quotable delivery, General Honoré captivates audiences with bold leadership strategies and insight on preparedness, the “New Normal,” and how the world has changed in the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina. Candid and colorful as a keynote speaker, he helps audiences cut through rhetoric, mission statements, and silos to solve the problems business gets paid to solve. “Don’t get stuck on stupid,” he challenges audiences in the age of the new normal — an environment where change and unpredictability are constants and resilience is mandatory. General Honoré expertly connects his 3+ decades of military leadership into strategies for transforming individuals into leaders and helping organizations effectively prepare, react, rebound and move business forward.

A senior scientist with The Gallup Organization, General Honoré is also an adjunct professor at Emory University, an independent director of Crawford & Company, and serves as chairman of the board for the Louisiana Bicentennial Commission, and as a member on the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation board. He is also the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from The Military Order of the World Wars.

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General Honore