Santa Barbara, California

April 25-27, 2017
Bacara Resort & Spa

Riverbed Partner Summit

April 25-27, 2017

We look forward to welcoming you to the 2017 Riverbed Partner Summit where we will share our technology direction and strategy to help you capitalize on the enormous market opportunity being created by evolving customer profiles and channel dynamics.

Top Riverbed executives will present how you can drive business outcome discussions by leveraging our three core platforms: End-to-End Visibility, Virtual Network Service Delivery and Cloud Networking. They will share our vision for addressing “Cloud First” environments and the emerging SD-WAN space sharing use cases and mapping Riverbed to the broader market and partner opportunity.

Guest speakers will also join us along with keynotes from co-founder and CEO, Jerry Kennelly, Chief Sales Officer, Paul Mountford, and Chief Technology Officer, Hansang Bae and key partner executives.

Join us for this unique opportunity to network with your peers and Riverbed executives as we work together to accelerate our business in 2017!

See you at Partner Summit ’17!

Karl Meulema
Karl Meulema
Senior Vice President, Global Channels
Riverbed Technology

IMPORTANT: Riverbed will provide attendees with two nights of paid accommodations (Tuesday, April 25 and Wednesday, April 26), and all meals during the Riverbed Partner Summit. If you are flying in from EMEA or APJ then Riverbed will pay for a third night. You will be responsible for your travel costs to and from the event and any incidental expenses. See FAQ.

Agenda Overview

Day 1

Tuesday, April 25

Registration / Hotel Check-in

9:00 – 3:00 PM Executive 1:1 Meetings

6:30 PM Riverbed Welcome Reception

Day 2

Wednesday, April 26

8:30 – 11:30 AM General Session

12:45 – 2:30 PM Breakout Sessions

  • Cloud Networking
  • End-to-End Visibility
  • Service Delivery Platform Demo

3:00 – 3:45 PM General Session

  • Key Investments to Disrupt

6:30 PM Evening Event & Partner Awards

Day 3

Thursday, April 27

7:30 – 8:45 AM Roundtable

  • Marketing
  • Support
  • Programs and Operations
  • Distribution

9:00 – 10:15 AM Keynote

  • Digitization & Optimization of Cloud Environments

10:15 – 11:30 AM General Session

  • Navigating the Digital Transition

12:15 – 1:30 PM Regional Breakout Sessions

1:00 – 4:45 PM Executive 1:1 Meetings

Times and topics may vary.

Expert Speakers

Jerry Kennelly
Jerry Kennelly
Chairman & CEO

Paul Mountford
Paul Mountford
Chief Sales Officer & Senior VP

Paul O’Farrell
Paul O’Farrell
SVP, GM of SteelHead, SteelFusion and SteelConnect

Mike Sargent
Mike Sargent
SVP, GM of SteelCentral

Hansang Bae
Hansang Bae
Chief Technology Officer

Subbu Iyer
Subbu Iyer
SVP, Chief Marketing Officer

Phil Harris
Phil Harris
SVP and GM, Service Provider Solutions

Karl Meulema
Karl Meulema
SVP, Global Channels

Michelle Hodges
Michelle Hodges
VP, Global Channel Strategy and Operations

Joel Hofman
Joel Hofman
VP, Global Professional Services and Technical Education

Rob Rosiello
Rob Rosiello
SVP, Americas Sales

Andy Elder
Andy Elder
SVP, Sales, EMEA

Bjorn Englehardt
Bjorn Englehardt
SVP, Asia Pacific and Japan

Accommodations Information

Partner Summit 2017 will be held at the beautiful Bacara Resort & Spa. Registration is required to book accommodations at the Bacara Resort & Spa under the Riverbed special rate.

Got questions? Email us at:

Bacara Resort & Spa
8301 Hollister Avenue
Santa Barbara, CA 93117 USA
+1 844 276 0955


Hotel Accommodations / Air Travel

Is air transportation paid for by Riverbed?

No. Please make your own air transportation arrangements into the Santa Barbara, CA Airport (SBA).

Attendees may also fly into Burbank Airport (BUK). See Ground Transportation below for options from Burbank Airport to the Bacara Resort.

Please plan on arriving to the Bacara Resort & Spa by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Please plan on departing the hotel no earlier than 3:00 pm on Thursday, April 27, 2017.

Are hotel accommodations paid for by Riverbed?

Yes. Hotel accommodations will be hosted for the event. For our EMEA and APJ guests, Riverbed will cover 3 nights’ accommodations. Our AMER and LATAM guests will have 2 nights’ accommodations hosted. All incidental charges and any additional nights at the hotel will be at your own expense.

How do I make a hotel reservation?

Hotel reservations will be made on your behalf when you complete the registration process. If you need to make any changes to your accommodations, please email Final hotel confirmations will be sent approximately one week prior to the event.

What if I would like to extend my stay at the Bacara Resort & Spa before or after the Partner Summit?

If you would like to arrive early to the hotel or extend your reservation, you will be responsible for the cost of your hotel accommodations. The Riverbed group rate is $279.00 USD per night plus taxes.

Please indicate on your reservation if you would like to arrive early or depart late and hotel accommodations will be made for you based on hotel availability. You will be contacted for a credit card number to cover any nights outside of the hosted program dates.

Do I need a passport and/or visa?

Passports and/or visas are required for non-U.S. resident visitors. All attendees traveling from outside the U.S. must be in possession of a valid passport that is not scheduled to expire for at least six months. This includes visitors from Canada and Mexico.

It is the responsibility of each traveler to check for individual visa requirements based upon citizenship and travel itinerary. If you require a visa for travel to the U.S., be sure you have a current U.S. visa prior to your departure. If you are planning to enter other countries on departure from California, you must be in possession of the respective visa(s) prior to arrival in the U.S. a visa(s) may be obtained from the visa section of a local U.S. Embassy or other Foreign Services establishments abroad (i.e., a consulate).

We can supply Visa Documentation as needed; please send an email to

Ground Transportation

Are ground transportation costs paid for by Riverbed?

No. You will be responsible for ground transportation costs.

What are the transportation options if I fly into the Burbank Airport?

From Burbank Airport you may take the AMTRAK Train (9-minute walk from the terminals) to Santa Barbara station and then a taxi or Uber to the Bacara Resort (estimated travel time one way is 3 hours and 15 minutes). For more information, visit: or call (800) 872-7245.

AMTRAK: Burbank Airport Station, 3750 Empire Avenue, Burbank, CA 91505 to Santa Barbara Station, 209 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Rental Car Agencies are also located at the airport. Estimated drive time is 1 hour and 45 minutes.

How can I get to the airport and/or hotel while in Santa Barbara?

Taking a taxi from the airport or hotel is the most convenient. Taxis are readily available at the airport when you arrive and at the hotel when you are ready to depart. Transfer time between the airport and hotel is approximately 20 minutes and costs approximately $30.00 USD each way. Transportation via Uber is also an option.

Will I need transportation while at the event?



What if I have dietary restrictions and/or special requirements?

Please indicate all dietary restrictions and/or special requirements on your registration and we will make the necessary arrangements to accommodate your request.

What is the attire for the Partner Summit?

Attire for the duration of the meeting is business casual.

Am I allowed to bring a guest?

All Partner Summit events are exclusively by invite only. Guests are not allowed to attend.

Program Inclusions

What costs are covered during the Partner Summit?

Riverbed will host hotel accommodations for check-in on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 through check-out on Thursday, April 27, 2017. A credit card imprint will be taken at check-in for your incidental charges. All incidental costs are considered an individual expense. All scheduled events, including meals, are hosted.

Will Riverbed reimburse me for incidental charges at the hotel?

No. All partners are responsible for any incidental charges including, but not limited to, room service, laundry, telephone charges, business center/gift-shop purchases, and mini-bar charges.