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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 Premier CIO Forum includes powerful keynotes, informative breakouts, discussions with subject-matter experts, and cutting-edge solution providers.

38 Advisors

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

20 Sponsors

Premier would like to extend a special thank you to the 2018 sponsors of this event.

109 Organizations

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

Speakers

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

  • Jayna Altman

    Jayna Altman

    Danosky and Associates

  • Elizabeth Austin

    Elizabeth Austin

    Curvature

  • Shoukat Ali Bhamani

    Shoukat Ali Bhamani

    Schaeffler Group Americas

  • Rishi Bhatnagar

    Rishi Bhatnagar

    Analytics & Big Data

  • Ronnie Bryant

    Ronnie Bryant

    Charlotte Regional Partne

  • Erik Chapple

    Erik Chapple

    IBM Global Markets

  • Steve Collins

    Steve Collins

    Driven Brands, Inc.

  • Zannah Cooke

    Zannah Cooke

    Rapid7

  • Jennifer Courtney-Trice

    Jennifer Courtney-Tr

    BestCo, Inc.

  • Joe Crisanti

    Joe Crisanti

    IBM

  • Michael Del Priore

    Michael Del Priore

    Diversey

  • Rich Ennis

    Rich Ennis

    Nth Degree

  • Austin Faulk

    Austin Faulk

    City of Charlotte

  • Ames Flynn

    Ames Flynn

    Extended Stay America

  • Doug Foster

    Doug Foster

    University of South Carol

  • Carl Gerber

    Carl Gerber

    Global Analytics Leaders,

  • Paula Guilfoyle

    Paula Guilfoyle

    Claim Leadership

  • Denise Hatzidakis

    Denise Hatzidakis

    ChenMed

  • Markus Hill

    Markus Hill

    Rodgers Builders, Inc.

  • Michael Keating

    Michael Keating

    Springs Global US, Inc.

  • Meredith LaBonte

    Meredith LaBonte

    CATC WISE

  • Jim Marascio

    Jim Marascio

    Accelerance

  • Wesley McPherson

    Wesley McPherson

    Info-Tech Research Group

  • Justin Mennen

    Justin Mennen

    CompuCom

  • Ted Mueller

    Ted Mueller

    Northwood Office LLC

  • John Murdock

    John Murdock

    Executive Search Partners

  • Pete Murphy

    Pete Murphy

    SIM Charlotte

  • Kevin O'Rourke

    Kevin O'Rourke

    Barnhardt Manufacturing C

  • Brian Porter

    Brian Porter

    Lowes Companies

  • Michael Praeger

    Michael Praeger

    AvidXchange, Inc.

  • Joseph Pucciarelli

    Joseph Pucciarelli

    IDC

  • Joel Stanley

    Joel Stanley

    Electrolux

  • Lalit Thakur

    Lalit Thakur

    Novant Health

  • Lisa Tuttle

    Lisa Tuttle

    SPX Corporation

  • Tiffani Williams

    Tiffani Williams

    Northeastern University's

AGENDA

May 30-31, 2018

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.

Welcome to the Charlotte CIO Forum exclusive networking reception. We welcome you to enjoy complimentary beverages in a relaxed setting. This is the perfect opportunity to network with your peers. Stay, chat, and enjoy yourself!

Admittance by Conference Badge Only.

Presenter
Justin Mennen, CDO & CIO, CompuCom


Technology is critical for growth and competitive differentiation in the Digital age.  It is now an expectation from Boards and CEOs that IT leaders leverage technology to unlock new revenue and growth opportunities. In this discussion, we will explore how to shift IT to a more strategic, revenue-focused organization.

Welcome
Nina Di Francisco, President, Premier Connects, Inc.

Emcee
Jim Marascio, Chief Delivery Officer, Accelerance

Emcee
Pete Murphy, President-Elect, SIM Charlotte

Symphony IV

Presenter
Paula Guilfoyle, Founder & President, Claim Leadership


  • A simple model for improved self-awareness and results
  • Easy tools to put you in control with a positive mindset
  • Powerful steps to rapidly improve every area of your life
Paula Guilfoyle is an expert at creating the thinking and behavioral change that transforms teams and cultures. The result: more effective teams that enjoy where they work and what they do. Her programs are proven to increase engagement, productivity and morale while limiting turnover.

Moderator
Shoukat Ali Bhamani, CIO & CDO, Schaeffler Group Americas

Panelist
Ames Flynn, EVP, Shared Services, Extended Stay America

Panelist
Ted Mueller, CIO & VP of Operations, Northwood Office LLC

Panelist
Kevin O'Rourke, CIO, Barnhardt Manufacturing Co.


The future runs through the office of the CIO. For years considered a minor player in the C-suite, CIOs now find themselves thrust onto the center stage of one of the most profound business transformations in history. Indeed, it could be argued that, in many respects, with technology so important to an organization’s continuing viability and success, no other business executive holds more responsibility for the future of an organization than the CIO.  Our panel will discuss this evolution and it’s current state, as well as what may be in store for the future as this role continues to evolve.

This session is designed to highlight a few emerging and evolving technology companies in the Charlotte region. Each company will have a representative provide an overview of their organization and briefly explain their current and future impact on organizations whom with they will be doing business. Come learn more about some local dynamic companies that prove Charlotte is a great city for tech.  

Presenter
Markus Hill, CIO, Rodgers Builders, Inc.


The purpose of this presentation is to highlight the changes in the way that buildings are built using the latest technologies. Simple set of paper plans are no longer sufficient to construct modern commercial buildings efficiently. Today's construction is driven off digital models and simulations, and real-time information flows between all project team stakeholders.

The topics discussed will be Rodgers use of mobile devices, laser scanners, multiple dimensional modeling, virtual and mixed reality, artificial intelligence, machine learning, internet of things.  While this is a buzzword soup, we will discuss how we were able to implement these technologies and drive universal use throughout our company and all the project stakeholders.

Rodgers Builders, Inc. is headquartered in Charlotte. They are currently ranked #11 in the nation by Modern Healthcare for healthcare construction. They are listed #62 in the United States of the list of the most significant construction manager firms by ENR magazine.

Presenter
Lisa Tuttle, CISO, SPX Corporation


As cyber-attacks and data breaches continue to dominate headlines, it is clear that the threat landscape is more advanced than ever. 1 million cyber security jobs remain unfilled. Global ransomware attacks move too quickly for humans to keep up. Today’s threats are more insidious too, exploiting IoT devices and third-party service providers and disguising themselves for an average of 208 days before detection.   Catching today’s most sophisticated cyber-attacks requires finding the slightest and subtlest anomalies inside networks containing millions of constantly changing data points, where billions of events take place every day. Machine learning and artificial intelligence-based systems are now being deployed to continually assess complex business environments and catch threats already inside networks.

In this session, we will discuss:
  • How new machine learning and AI algorithms are automating advanced cyber defense 
  • Use cases of machine learning cyber defense technology beyond threat detection
  • How to navigate the challenges of implementing machine learning in a business environment

Presenter
Joseph Pucciarelli, Group VP & IT Executive Advisor, IDC


Newly published IDC global research about organizations undergoing digital transformation finds that 59% remain stuck in the early stages of their transformation journey. While some digital projects have been implemented and are progressing, most companies report they are still struggling to digitally transform their broader organization.

Challenges with legacy culture, process, and financial incentives are widely identified digital transformation impediments. However, IDC research shows that many organizations confront more specific operational challenges: 1) outdated KPIs, 2) siloed organizational structures, 3) tactical planning, 4) limited expertise; and 5) siloed innovation.  Though business and technical leaders can point to successful tactical projects, they often express frustration about their ability to achieve true systemic progress and competitive advantage.

In today's session, IDC provides unique insights and actionable recommendations to overcome these hurdles including recommended approaches for:
  • Creating new digital KPIs
  • Establishing an end state digital organizational structure
  • Constructing a long-term digital roadmap
  • Identifying and developing essential digital capabilities
  • Building a digital platform

Symphony III

Presenter
Zannah Cooke, Director of Sales, Detection & Response, Rapid7

Presenter
Brian Porter, eSAT Lead Vulnerability Assessor, Lowes Companies


Zannah and Brian will provide a fireside discussion about Lowe’s experience in managing its vulnerabilities, the solutions that have helped alleviate their pain points, as well as lessons learned along the way.

Symphony IV

Presenter
Michael Praeger, CEO & Co-Founder, AvidXchange, Inc.

Panelist
Jayna Altman, Board of Advisors, Danosky and Associates

Panelist
Ronnie Bryant, President & CEO, Charlotte Regional Partnership

Panelist
Meredith LaBonte, Executive Co-Chair, CATC WISE

Panelist
Tiffani Williams, Director of Computer Science Programs & Professor of the Practice, Northeastern University's College of Computer and Information Science


This is a diverse panel that will be sharing their insights and perspectives on the value of Diversity & Inclusion. The discussion will empower IT leaders to embrace diversity to build stronger relationships across the organization.

Moderator
John Murdock, Partner, Executive Search Partners

Panelist
Steve Collins, VP & CIO, Driven Brands, Inc.

Panelist
Michael Del Priore, CIO, Diversey

Panelist
Doug Foster, VP IT, CIO, University of South Carolina


In this session, John Murdock will introduce some newer CIOs from the Charlotte area in a casual and comfortable setting. You'll get to know a little more of their background and what has led them to their current positions. This session is designed to allow these new CIOs to introduce themselves to their peers from the region and help to extend their personal networks as newer CIOs.

Presenter
Erik Chapple, Cognitive Solutions Unit Industry Platforms, IBM Global Markets

Presenter
Joe Crisanti, MaaS360 & Cloud Identity Major Accounts - Financial Services, IBM


Companies with mobile initiatives are forging ahead through digital transformation by managing users, endpoints and everything in between. One challenge in doing so is that IT & security team can’t keep up by relying on traditional management approaches. We will explore how new cognitive/AI systems and techniques will help your organization comply with industry regulations, discover new device vulnerabilities, contain confidential patient data, patch systems on and off network, enforce minimum OS standards, and protect against cyber threats.

Presenter
Wesley McPherson, Research Director, Info-Tech Research Group


A strategic direction is essential to making the right technological investments. Not every trend is worth pursuing, but missing the ones that are can be costly.  An outcomes-focused approach gives you a framework to strategically evaluate emerging technology's alignment with your business's direction. Most importantly, using a business outcomes framework can help you  create the foundation for your adoption strategy. Determine which trends are worth your attention, chart an adoption course and build a business case for your stakeholders. Info-Tech will dive into four trends that represents the convergence of several previously trending technologies:
  • User-facing AI to enable automation of front line business activities
  • Robotic Process Automation to augment, not replace,  human performance
  • The Digital Twin, an aggregated data replicate of a system, will enable decentralized monitoring and predictive analytics
  • Blockchain 2.0 enabling distributed ledger technology to specific use cases

Moderator
Rishi Bhatnagar, Founding President, Analytics & Big Data

Panelist
Carl Gerber, Managing Partner, Global Analytics Leaders, LLC

Panelist
Denise Hatzidakis, CTO, ChenMed

Panelist
Joel Stanley, Sr. Director, Digital Marketing, Electrolux

Panelist
Lalit Thakur, Head Data & Analytics, Value Based Business Unit, Novant Health

Moderator
Austin Faulk, Chief Administrative Officer, Innovation & Technology, City of Charlotte

Panelist
Elizabeth Austin, CIO, Curvature

Panelist
Jennifer Courtney-Trice, VP, Human Resources, BestCo, Inc.

Panelist
Michael Keating, VP, IT, Springs Global US, Inc.


This panel of experts will discuss three main elements when it comes to developing leaders in your organization and creating succession plans to drive strategic advantage.  They will provide insight, ideas, best-practices, experiences and trends in these three specific areas:
  • Internal Talent and Leadership Development
  • Succession Planning
  • The Modernization of Legacy Systems and the Graying of IT Staff

Presenter
Rich Ennis, CEO, Nth Degree

Welcome to the Charlotte CIO Forum exclusive networking reception. We welcome you to enjoy complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres in a relaxed setting. This is the perfect opportunity to network with your peers and some of the prominent speakers from the day’s agenda. Premier Connects, Inc. will be making a charitable donation to the Charlotte SIM Chapter. Stay, chat, and enjoy yourself! 

Admittance by Conference Badge Only.

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Sheraton Charlotte Hotel

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