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Have you heard what others are saying? A word from our friend and client, Joseph Perez

Attending the Premier CIO Forum in Raleigh is essential for me as a 30-year IT/innovation professional.  It is one of the highlights of my schedule each year, with several key benefits of this event coming to mind.

First of all, the opportunity for networking with other IT professionals has proven to be an invaluable means of building camaraderie and rapport.  It allows me to communicate with other like-minded individuals, whether they are in my particular industry or not.  There is something to be said about both sharing fresh ideas with others along with gaining new insights from others.  It’s a two-way street, and it’s a win-win for all parties involved.  Not only do I benefit from additional knowledge, but I get the satisfaction of knowing I helped someone else who was also in need.  Regardless of the specific industry, people in IT (at least the best ones) are, by nature, constantly looking for ways to improve their processes and increase efficiency, while avoiding “burn-out” at the same time.  Everyone improves & benefits from encouragement & motivation.  Being in a room with others who are going through similar situations and hearing how they got through them is remarkably cathartic.

Secondly, the sessions themselves were very informative and eye-opening.  Imagine how much you would learn about physics if you were to gather up a dream team comprised the best instructors and professors from high-profile Universities to meet with you for one day. The Premier CIO Forum is a similar experience. Of course, a one-day conference in no way compares to a college education or even a semester class, but my point is that these sessions with industry experts allow me to tap into their collective wisdom – and that’s powerful.  At this specific conference, I had an additional perspective: I had the honor of speaking at one of those sessions.  It was outstanding to see “the light come on” in the faces of my audience, and it was encouraging to receive the overwhelming positive feedback afterwards.  Knowing I made an impact on someone else by what I said is extremely satisfying, and I can only imagine the other speakers feeling the same way.  What a tremendous opportunity for innovation on a personal level!  And as I said in my presentation, “If you’re not innovating, then you’re stagnating!”

Lastly, the Premier CIO Forum provided a means to enhance future networking.  That is, not only did I meet some phenomenal people while at the event, but also having shared contact information also resulted in many professional social media.  In fact, my involvement with the Premier CIO Forum (and Premier Connects) has been largely responsible for a 25% increase in my LinkedIn network (from just over 3000 to more than 4100 connections).  The opportunity for both giving and receiving; the unknowns of whether you will be the mentor or the mentee; the win-win of sharing advice and being advised – and much more – all combine to make the Premier CIO Forum both an unforgettable experience and an incalculable value to the IT professional.  With an incomparable staff and first-class leadership at the helm, you can’t go wrong with Premier Connects.

A New Year, A New Commitment

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, the company that was spawned out of technology giant Hewlett-Packard’s corporate restructuring in 2015, has already established itself as the gold standard of the IT industry. That’s why it is such a tremendous honor for Premier Connects to appear on one of HPE’s coveted ‘best of’ lists, in this case, “Top 14 Conferences for CIOs in 2019.” We at Premier Connects really feel we’ve arrived, as its a hard-fought privilege to garner the recognition from a proven thought leader like HPE, and to be among so many respected contemporaries.

Premier Connects continues our well-earned reputation into the new year, with more top-notch speakers and exciting events. For 18 years, Premier Connects, formerly Premier Event Management, has engineered industry focused CIO events, and over that time has expanded to 16 cities nationally. We procure the cream of the crop in each city’s event to bring the region’s top IT minds to act as advisers. The advisers speak and lead on topics affecting the IT industry as a whole, while also maintaining focus on the region’s particular trends and needs. Additionally, Premier events can act as a great starting point for companies, as there is no admission fee to Director level executives and higher!

2019 brings a whole new face to Premier Connects, and we’re here to disrupt the standard presentation of CIO conferences by creating a more engaging, dynamic and hands-on experience while learning and networking. With our updated name, also comes new leadership, who adamantly bring with them a revived sense of commitment, not to mention a larger scale than ever before. Through collaborations with such industry luminaries as Google, Oracle and Lenovo, and speakers ranging from CIOs of Aetna to Comcast, there is no shortage of things to be excited about all through 2019. Additionally, we’ve revamped our focus on the physical enjoyment of the conferences themselves. We’ve stepped up our standard of event spaces, and will be holding them in higher class venues (Ritz-Carlton anyone?), not to mention our innovative execution of the conferences with our “no-booth” approach, allowing for a more fluid, dynamic experience where you will never be faced with an uncomfortable sales pitch.

The event infrastructure is not the only cutting edge aspect of the new Premier Connects; our recently unveiled app will completely streamline the sometimes confusing and overwhelming corporate conference experience. No more long lines waiting to check in, receive itineraries, etc. The entire checking in process is handled digitally, allowing for more time to network and explore. And speaking of networking, the app allows for an instant exchange of contact information through a simple touch and messaging feature. Viewing the schedule and customizing your own itinerary is all handled in the app as well, allowing for the most possible time to fully seize this opportunity.

2019 is already off to a great start for Premier Connects. We know this is going to be our best and most revolutionary year yet, and we can’t wait to see you at one of our exciting events across the country!

Introducing our New Blog & Newsletter

Introducing our New Blog

Premier Event Management welcomes you to its new business blog. The purpose of this blog is to keep you informed through our network in educating, challenging and inspiring you with relevant topics, interviews and content from our thought-leaders, recognized IT leaders, innovators and researchers. The Premier network has remained strong for 15 years and continues to grow stronger and larger. Premier’s mission and commitment is to deliver high-end executive conferences with honor and integrity; with an emphasis on peer-to-peer networking and the sharing of information and knowledge.

Upcoming Newsletter

Premier will also be sending out a newsletter every quarter to our subscribers. If you are interested in receiving current news and content from our network of speakers and sponsors, please email us at support[at] to subscribe!

Building Community

We look forward to growing our network even further in 2016 with the use of this community blog. If you have any suggestions or feedback, you may leave them in the comments below.