Meet the Speakers

Meet the Speakers

Derek Daly, Keynote Speaker, Tuesday, February 26, 2:30 p.m., ET

Irish driving legend Derek Daly is the epitome of the complete champion. From the victory circle to the announcer’s desk, Hall of Fame race car driver and network television color analyst Daly has spent nearly three decades as the face of the motorsport world.

Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, his career path was set at the age of 12 when he attended his first auto race. From that moment, his commitment to the dream of being a professional driver was unshakeable. On the way to his dream, he worked as a laborer in the iron ore mines of Australia and, while traveling the race tracks of England, even taking up residence in a school bus.

Daly’s professional racing career spanned 17 years and his experiences are nothing short of breathtaking. His story is one that few have lived to tell. In 1984, Daly suffered one of the hardest crash impacts that a driver had ever survived when he hit the wall at Michigan International Speedway at 212 MPH. After 14 surgeries and three years in therapy, he returned to full-time racing. He competed in the 12 Hours of Sebring - one of the premier motorsport endurance races in the US – and won the race two years in a row.

His early dreams became reality when he won Irish, British and European championship events. In 1978, he competed in the Formula One World Championship, and two short years later, Daly was ranked 10th in the world.  In 1983, he made his first of six starts in the Indianapolis 500.

In 1985, Daly started a 10-year association with ESPN as a motor sports color analyst. He became the face of motor sports, seen on NBC, CBS, Fox and Speed Channel. USA Today highlighted him as “the best new face on sports television” and IndyCar Racing magazine voted Derek “the most popular motor sports television announcer.”

Moet & Chandon champagne awarded Daly the Joules Goux Award for his outstanding contributions to motor sports television. He was later nominated by ESPN for an Ace Award, and received the 2000 Hall of Fame Award from “Motor Sport Ireland” for his leadership of Irish motor sport. In 2010, he was inducted into the Sebring Hall of Fame.

Daly literally wrote the book on how to become a complete champion. Race To Win: How to Become a Complete Champion was heralded a “future classic” by the Irish Times. Friend, former race competitor and international auto racing superstar Mario Andretti contributed the foreword: “Derek’s book teaches lessons it took guys like me years to learn. Quite honestly, I believe the advice in this book resonates far beyond the racing industry.” His second book, A Champions Path: Be Extraordinary, was published in 2017.


Phil Bertolini, CIO/Deputy County Executive, Wednesday, February 27, 9 a.m., ET

Phil Bertolini was appointed Deputy County Executive/CIO for Oakland County in January 2005. Prior to that, he served as Oakland County’s Director of Information Technology.

Bertolini is an accomplished public speaker having presented across the United States and as far away as Australia and Dubai.  Most recently, Bertolini and his team presented for the 2017 ESRI User Conference Plenary Session in front of approximately 18,000 attendees. He also was honored to provide the keynote address at the 2018 Laserfiche Empower Conference in front of an audience of approximately 5,000 attendees. Public speaking continues to be his passion along with providing quality government services to his citizens.

For the past several years, Bertolini has been instructing a class on public speaking for assessing officers in the State of Michigan based on a course he personally wrote. He has traveled extensively to speak about eGovernment best practices and has authored a growing collection of resources to help other organizations modernize IT within today’s rapidly changing technology landscape.




Honored as a 2017 Public Official of the Year by Governing Magazine
Honored as a member of the 2017 CIO Hall of Fame by CIO Magazine
Honored as 2016 IT Leader of the Year at the Michigan Digital Government Summit hosted by Government Technology Magazine
Honored by Crain’s Detroit Business as CIO of the Year for 2013
Honored by the President Obama White House as a Champion of Change for 2012
Honored as the 2010 Outstanding Alumni for the College of Communications, Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University
Past President of the Communications, Arts and Sciences Alumni Board at Michigan State University
Co-author and co-editor of book, IT Budgeting and Decision Making: Maximizing Your Government’s Technology Investments, published 2009
Named among the 2007 “Top 25, Doers, Dreamers and Drivers” by Government Technology, along with Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson
Named as the 2004 CIO of the Year for Automation Alley


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