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About the Forum

Attendees across the region have come to expect a dynamic agenda with relevant, up-to-the-minute topics and exciting speakers who will share their wealth of knowledge and experience, helping you gain practical insights into your business challenges. The Charlotte CIO Forum includes powerful keynotes, informative breakouts, discussions with subject-matter experts, and cutting-edge solution providers.

33 Advisors

Our advisory council members offer valuable feedback to improve our event each year.

3 Sponsors

Premier would like to extend a special thank you to the 2019 sponsors of this event.

60 Organizations

These organizations have appointed one or more senior level executives to attend Charlotte CIO Forum.


Speakers are hand-selected by our Advisory Council for their expertise and ability to translate big ideas into stunning presentations.

  •  Cathy McCullough

    Cathy McCullough

    Rhythm Systems

    Business Growth Consultant & Executive Coach

  •  Christine Miles

    Christine Miles

    EQuipt, LLC

    Founder & President


May 29, 2019

We have worked diligently to put together a stimulating and focused agenda, bringing together experts, visionaries and professionals from the IT industry. We look forward to sharing this exciting conference with you.

Christine Miles, Founder & President, EQuipt, LLC

At the Forum, people are at the center of all business. With constant digital bombardment and disruption its becoming even more complex to truly connect and communicate effectively especially in sales and at events.

Have you ever wondered how you could become more relatable? Christine Miles, with Executive Leaders Radio and Premier Connects is breaking out from the traditional conference event model to ensure quality networking by bringing a select few CIOs into the limelight to discover the secret of how to make connections that change conversations and drive business success.

Through a unique story gathering process Christine discovers who executives really are and what drove their success. It helps people understand that executives are real, human, relatable, role models and people.”
This time is carved out to discuss issues your organization faces with your peers during our lunch session.  This is a great opportunity to network and learn from others in your industry.

Christine Miles, Founder & President, EQuipt, LLC

Tapping into the stories of others to make deeper connections can be a transformative and powerful experience. Debriefing the experiences of your day and sharing stories helps further uncover how it can change conversations and business results. Learning how to go beyond today, and GATHER STORIES from your employees, customer and prospects is key to your continued development of your EQ. Christine Miles will arm you with the 6 most powerful questions you need in business to get the real story , gain insight, build trust and make meaningful connections to drive transformation in your business. 
After such an invigorating day of problem solving, connections and non-stop content, let’s “wine” down with some beverages. This is your chance to exchange ideas and really get to know those you briefly met or haven’t had the chance to! 

Join us in the networking pavilion for the reception you have stayed all day for. 

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The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte

A 3-minute walk from Spectrum Center arena, this sophisticated hotel is also 0.5 miles from the NASCAR Hall of Fame.


201 E Trade St, Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 547-2244

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Advisory Council

  •  Bruce Anderson

    Bruce Anderson

    Andiaz Group, LLC

    Managing Partner

  •  Michael Bates

    Michael Bates

    Snyder's-Lance, Inc.

    Director, IT Point Solutions

  •  Shoukat Ali Bhamani

    Shoukat Ali Bhamani

    Schaeffler Group Americas

    CIO & CDO

  •  Jon Brady

    Jon Brady

    Speedway Motorsports, Inc


  •  Larry Bumgardner

    Larry Bumgardner


    IT Project Leader

  •  Brent Chapman

    Brent Chapman

    RoundPoint Mortgage Servicing Corp.


  •  Eric Christian

    Eric Christian

    Carolinas Healthcare System

    VP & CTO

  •  Steve Clement

    Steve Clement

    BB&T Corp.


  •  Leslie Cothren

    Leslie Cothren

    Universal Mental Health Svcs.

    IT Director

  •  Larry Eighmy

    Larry Eighmy

    The Halo Group

    Executive Security Consultant

  •  Steve Ermish

    Steve Ermish

    Cardinal Innovations Healthcare


  •  Cam Faison

    Cam Faison

    Charlotte Pipe & Foundry

    SVP & CIO

  •  David Garrett

    David Garrett

    Novant Health, Inc.

    SVP & CIO

  •  Tommy Hinson

    Tommy Hinson

    Sunlight Financial, LLC

    Director of Infrastructure & Security

  •  John Hoffler

    John Hoffler

    BB&T, Inc.

    AIX Enterprise Services Mgr

  •  Brandon Jackson

    Brandon Jackson

    City of Gastonia

    Assistant IT Director

  •  Jerry Johnston

    Jerry Johnston

    Wells Fargo

    SVP Corporate Service Delivery

  •  Allen Kim

    Allen Kim

    CPI Security Systems


  •  Adam Mann

    Adam Mann

    Charlotte Pipe & Foundry

    Director, Technology Services

  •  Jack Rech

    Jack Rech

    National Gypsum

    Senior Director of IS

  •  Marvin Reem

    Marvin Reem

    Bob Jones University


  •  Craig Richardville

    Craig Richardville

    Carolinas Healthcare System

    SVP & Chief Information & Analytics Officer

  •  Nikhil Sawant

    Nikhil Sawant

    Foundation For The Carolinas

    EVP, Business Services & CIO

  •  Darren Schmidt

    Darren Schmidt

    Corning Incorporated

    Director IT & VP Customer Experience

  •  Vince Simonowicz

    Vince Simonowicz

    City of Rock Hill


  •  Mark Stewart

    Mark Stewart

    Penske Racing

    IT Director

  •  Jeffrey Stovall

    Jeffrey Stovall


    EVP & COO

  •  Joe Topinka

    Joe Topinka



  •  Greg Turner

    Greg Turner

    Siemens Energy

    Director IT

  •  Jeff Vince

    Jeff Vince

    Dimension Data

    IT Operations Director

  •  Chris Wolfe

    Chris Wolfe

    The Business Journals

    Director, Systems & IT Operations

  •  Raja Musunuru

    Raja Musunuru

    AAA Carolinas

    VP & CIO

  •  Anja Pincus

    Anja Pincus

    Essity North America Inc.

    IT Director Strategic Projects, CIO Office


Join us this year in Charlotte, NC as we discuss cutting-edge technologies with influential thought-leaders.


Premier would like to extend a special thank you to the 2019 sponsors of this event.


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