Joe Schurman is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Evangelyze Communications, a Microsoft Certified Voice Specialized Partner (VSP). Joe has provided consulting and research within the Information Technology industry and with Microsoft for the past 15 years, holding senior roles at IBM Global Services, Hewlett-Packard, and Accenture. Joe has founded several successful organizations focusing on the research and development of voice and unified communications technologies with Nortel, Cisco, Avaya, and Microsoft. Joe was involved in the early stages of Microsoft’s Unified Communications strategy in 2002 with the release of Microsoft Live Communications Server 2003 and has provided internationally recognized research, publications, and training seminars in each region of the world. In 2006, Joe began working with Microsoft Research on the initial launch of Microsoft’s Small Business voice product, Microsoft Response Point, and has travelled throughout the US and Canada providing training and readiness to Microsoft’s partners and customers. Joe is an award-winning speaker through the Microsoft TechNet program, having spoken for thousands of attendees at Microsoft events and IT industry-focused seminars and webcasts worldwide, and is a 5-time award winner of the prestigious Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award for his community involvement and contributions to Microsoft’s voice and unified communications products and services internationally. Joe is married with three children and resides in Houston, Texas, where he began his career at Compaq Computer Corporation.