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CDW Small Business 2022 Summit

Monday, December 5th, 2022 - Tuesday, December 6th, 2022

Shutters on the Beach

1 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, California 90405

Phone: (866) 527- 6612

Shutters on the Beach - Santa Monica


White sandy beaches, sunlight reflecting off crystal blue waves, and gentle ocean breezes.

Shutters on the Beach is your seaside haven, set on one of Southern California's most iconic beaches.


Comfortable and luxurious, this Santa Monica Beach hotel recalls the quintessential cottages of Cape Cod, with shuttered doors opening onto breezy balconies and a sun-drenched pool terrace. Each meticulously designed guest room and suite feels like your private beachside residence awash in soothing blues and greens that pair perfectly with the palette outside your window!

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Shutters on the Beach Superior King Rooms

The Superior King non-ocean view with guest rooms are luxurious retreats reminiscent of a private beach house. Each is a calming palette of ocean blues and greens accented by original works by local artists. Sumptuous residential amenities include hand knotted rugs, wood floors, a personal library and the finest imported bed linens. 

Room Amenities:

  • A Complimentary House Car Service (within 3 mile radius)

  • Two Complimentary Drink Vouchers at Check-in

  • Twice In-Room Water Service

  • Daily Yoga Classes on the Beach

  • Two Complimentary Bike Rentals 

  • High Speed Internet Access

  • Amenities May Change Based on COVID-19

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Hotel Amenities:

  • Newspaper (WS Journal, NY Times, LA Times)

  • Complimentary Coffee at Coast, 7:00AM - 9:00AM daily

  • Turndown Service Nightly

  • Complimentary Basic Wi-Fi Access in Guestrooms and Public Areas

  • Complimentary Access to Fitness Center

  • Room Service Available 7:00AM - 1:00AM 


Startup 3.0: The Inflection Point of Speed & Scale

Good founders get things done fast! But, as the startup entity gets more market traction, the operational maturity challenges take different shapes. Successful growth companies will want to continue to operate like a startup while preparing to evolve into an enterprise business.


CDW is excited to be joined by prominent VC’s,

Founders and Digital Experts to discuss the following topics:

  • Unlocking Growth and Innovation Through the Talent Value Chain

    • A discussion on the continuum of assessing need, to hiring for where your company is headed and the opportunities to gain competitive advantage from how you manage your talent value chain.

  • Leveraging technology for better operational outputs and better developer experiences  

    • Discussing stages and pitfalls of scale, centered around people, process and tech. 

  • Data is the New Oil  

    • A presentation that looks closer at this statement and why having a solid data practice will help you grow

  • Channeling your focus at the right stage 

    • Knowing when to pivot from only direct sales and customer service to scale through channels.


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Andrew Cadwell, 

VP, Digital Velocity

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Andrew Cadwell is Vice President of Digital Velocity Solutions for CDW. Cadwell is responsible for the digital velocity solutions team focusing on cloud-native services, software development and data orchestration capabilities including advisory, consulting and development services.


Prior to joining CDW, Cadwell was Founder, Managing Partner and CEO at IGNW, a leading provider of cloud-native professional services acquired by CDW in July 2020. Before IGNW, Cadwell was president at Presidio Network Solutions and president at INX.

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Casey Bleeker, 

GM of Cloud, Digital Velocity

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Casey Bleeker is the general manager of Cloud for CDW’s Digital Velocity SI (System Integrator) practice. He is responsible for leading pre-sales, professional services, portfolio management, and strategy for CDW’s public cloud solutions. CDW’s Digital Velocity Cloud practice manages the entire cloud lifecycle for clients, from
consumption and cloud resale to professional consulting services and managed services.

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Phil Taylor, 

CTO, Digital Velocity



Phil Taylor is veteran software engineer, technology leader and former TechStars portfolio company founder. He is currently Chief Technology Officer, Digital Velocity Solutions at CDW where he oversees professional services organizations focused on Next Generation Software Engineering, Cloud, DevOps and Software Defined Infrastructure.

Phil is passionate about helping customers drive better ROI and reduce time to market (TTM) on infrastructure and/or software delivery. Phil is a software developer by trade with over 22 years of experience building software in Financial, HealthCare, Retail and Manufacturing verticals.

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Weldon Dodd, Kandji

SVP of Product


Weldon Dodd has been in the Apple IT space for over 25 years. He started his career running the Mac lab and the NeXT lab at UCSB, and then spent years building data networks for companies like KPMG and AT&T. He had a stint at Cisco working on developing tools for directory-enabled networks, and Microsoft Consulting Services on Active Directory integration.


After a break from IT to teach High School and coach a Colorado state champion soccer program, Weldon spent 10 years operating the Apple Authorized Training Partner center in Colorado. Then he joined Kandji, an Apple device management solution, building the sales engineering and solutions engineering teams, and leading the product management team.


Amir Ashkenazi

Founder & CEO

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Amir Ashkenazi is a six-time entrepreneur that pioneered comparison shopping (, IPO, acq. by eBay), programmatic advertising ( acq. by AOL) and AI assistants for meetings (Tookee, acq. by LogMeIn). He is responsible for over $1.1 billion of value created.


Rehan Jalil

CEO of Securiti

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Rehan came into Symantec with $4.7B acquisition of Bluecoat, where he ran cloud security.  He came into BlueCoat via the $280M acquisition of Elastica, that he founded and ran as CEO. Elastica innovated CASB and drove it to become an important security category. Prior to that, he was the founder and chief executive officer of WiChours, an innovator in deep packet inspection centered packet core, which was used to deploy some of the earliest 4G networks.  WiChorus was acquired by Tellabs for $180M.  Previously, he was Chief Architect at Aperto and helped innovate multicore processors at Sun Microsystems.  He was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur finalist in 2010 and Top 25 Disruptor in 2015.

He holds an AMP from Harvard Business School, an MSEE from Purdue University and a BS from NED University. 


Monday, December 5th, 2022


Hotel Check-in

6:00PM - 9:00PM

Welcome Reception held at:

Beach & Oceanside 

Tuesday, December 6th, 2022


Optional Morning Activity

Yoga on the Beach, or Guided Bike Ride

8:00AM - 9:00AM

Breakfast & Networking: Grand Salon Foyer


Welcome Intro - Salon B

Why CDW for Startups.


Keynote Speakers - Digital Velocity

Andrew Cadwell & Phil Taylor

10:00AM - 11:00AM

Panel Conversation: Salon B

Channeling your Focus at the Right Stage

11:00AM - 11:10AM

Break: Grand Salon Foyer

11:10AM - 12:10PM

Panel Conversation: Salon B

Leveraging Technology for Better Operational Outputs & Better Developer Experiences.


Hotel Check-Out

12:10PM - 12:30PM

Break: Grand Salon Foyer

12:30PM -   1:45PM

Lunch & Networking: Grand Salon Foyer

  1:45PM -   2:45PM

Presentation: Salon B

Data is the New Oil

  2:45PM -   3:00PM

Break: Grand Salon Foyer

  3:00PM -   4:15PM

Panel Conversation: Salon B

Unlocking Growth and Innovation Through the Talent Value Chain 

  4:15PM -   4:30PM

Wrap Up

Guests to Depart

Your CDW Travel Contacts


Tina Gramly

Small Business Events Coordinator - CDW

Cell: 847-371-5563


Questions...Please contact:

Events by M Team at 847-924-0078

or email Mira Faierstain at


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