Keynote Speakers


Chris Wacker


Chris Wacker is CEO and co-founder of Laserfiche. Chris has been a pioneer of digital document imaging and a driving force behind Laserfiche sales, marketing and product development. Over the course of almost 30 years with the company, he has been instrumental in developing Laserfiche as the standard for intuitive, reliable and high-volume enterprise content management software in government, financial services, education and other markets.


Karl Chan


Since joining Laserfiche in 1989, Karl Chan has been a driving force in the company’s software development. He held a variety of technology leadership roles before being named Chief Technology Officer in 2005 and President in 2014. In 2015, Karl received a CTO Lifetime Achievement Award from the Los Angeles Business Journal for his creativity, leadership and vision in creating innovative technology solutions for Laserfiche and its customers.


Phil Bertolini

CIO & Deputy County Executive, County of Oakland, MI

Phil is the Deputy County Executive/CIO for Oakland County. He is a vocal advocate for cloud & enterprise solutions in government, resource sharing, and inter-jurisdictional cooperation. Phil has overseen the development of government tech programs such as G2G Cloud Solutions, G2G Marketplace, the Cyber Security Assessment for Everyone (CySAFE) & more. He was honored as a member of the 2017 CIO Hall of Fame by CIO Magazine and was recognized by the President Obama White House as a Champion of Change. He is the co-author of the book IT Budgeting and Decision Making: Maximizing Your Government’s Technology Investments.


Peter Wayman

VP of Asset Management and
Professional Services

Peter Wayman is Vice President of Asset Management and Professional Services at Laserfiche. In this role, Peter leads the continued development and management of the Laserfiche asset management function, including setting corporate strategy for fixed assets management, professional services and consulting, and IT service management. Peter joined Laserfiche in 1996 and previously held positions in the development and sales organizations.


Melissa Henley

Director of Marketing Communications

Melissa Henley, Director of Marketing Communications at Laserfiche, oversees corporate marketing communications initiatives. She is a frequent speaker at industry events, user groups and webinars on topics including change management, presentation techniques and other management skills. Melissa, who joined Laserfiche in 2007, has nearly 20 years’ experience driving strategic marketing plans for leading software, financial services and educational organizations. She also is a member of the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC) Foundation Board of Directors, where she serves as chair of the Marketing Committee.


Jared Rechnitz

Technical Product Manager

Jared started at Laserfiche over two years ago after graduating from UCLA. He works on the web team, managing and testing products like the web client, WebLink, Audit Trail and other integration services. At Empower 2018, Jared is most looking forward to hearing constructive user feedback and feature requests to bring into the software.