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

28 Advisors

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

11 Sponsors

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

92 Organizations

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


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

  •  Dave Barney

    Dave Barney



  •  Tisa Mullis

    Tisa Mullis

    Babcock & Wilcox

    VP & CIO

  •  Kevin Nally

    Kevin Nally

    US Secret Service


  •  Jess Walpole

    Jess Walpole

    Lincoln Electric

    VP Global IT Security & Operations

  •  Brian Barnes

    Brian Barnes

    Coretek Services


  •  Michael Conley

    Michael Conley

    Cleveland Cavaliers

    SVP & CIO

  •  Frank Diana

    Frank Diana

    Leader Strategist, Digital Transformer, Speaker

    Managing Partner, Futurist, TCS

  •  Adam Gorski

    Adam Gorski

    The Timken Company

    Executive General Manager (CIO) & Chief Digital Officer

  •  Brian Kelley

    Brian Kelley

    Ohio Turnpike & Infrastructure Commission


  •  Heather Kelley

    Heather Kelley

    Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging


  •  Christine Miles

    Christine Miles

    EQuipt, LLC

    Founder & CEO

  •  David Peace

    David Peace

    Systron Donner Inertial


  •  George Slogik

    George Slogik

    Lincoln Electric Company

    VP, Global Digital Business Solutions


June 5, 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.

Event Emcee
Christine Miles, Founder & CEO, EQuipt, LLC

Christine Miles, Founder & CEO, EQuipt, LLC

Michael Conley, SVP & CIO, Cleveland Cavaliers

George Slogik, VP, Global Digital Business Solutions, Lincoln Electric Company

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.

Adam Gorski, Executive General Manager (CIO) & Chief Digital Officer, The Timken Company

Heather Kelley, CIO, Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging

Tisa Mullis, VP & CIO, Babcock & Wilcox

Jess Walpole, VP Global IT Security & Operations, Lincoln Electric

Join us as this diverse panel of CIOs provide real world insights they utilize in developing the next generation of IT leaders. Servant leadership, mentoring, and succession planning will be discussed along with the roles each play within the office of the CIO.

Kevin Nally, CIO, US Secret Service

A CIOs leadership and their people skills are the biggest determinate of their success – or failure. The best leaders build strong partnerships with their teams, peers and partners. In this session, Kevin Nally, will take you on a journey on what it takes to be an effective leader and engage and challenge you to think differently about your role. 
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.

Frank Diana, Managing Partner, Futurist, TCS, Leader Strategist, Digital Transformer, Speaker

When we look around us, we see a world in which change is the only constant. Where pace is accelerating, its trajectory exponential and its impact disrupting the institutions that support our society. We’re now living in a looking-glass world; where everything we think we know is challenged, including our long-held notions of success and failure. At the same time it’s a world where we can imagine, create and enable like never before. This emerging future will have a profound effect, as many aspects of society are challenged, re-examined and reimagined. In a world where change is constant and shifts occur instantly, we can no longer accurately predict the future, but instead must rehearse it. In this keynote, Frank Diana makes the case that we are entering the next era of great invention – one that could someday be viewed as the greatest in human history.

Brian Barnes, CTO, Coretek Services

Dave Barney, CIO, Arhaus

In today’s competitive environment organizations must find ways to continually improve business functionality and agility. If you stand still or keep doing what you’ve always done in the past, your competitors will find ways to beat you. This doesn’t have to be a total rip and replace, but a constant evolution toward a more streamlined, centralized, secure and flexible architecture.  

Arhaus had an aging existing virtual desktop environment that supported their growing retail locations. It was having scale, capacity and some performance issues, especially at times of peak usage (which goes up and down during the year).  Working with Coretek, Arhaus upgraded their virtual desktop environment to Azure using the Citrix Cloud. This created a scalable architecture, turned capital equipment cost into a virtual operating cost that is always current and doesn’t have to be refreshed every 5-6 years. In addition, the Citrix management plane is now always evergreen and doesn’t require constant upgrading by Arhaus staff to stay current. Very quickly, they were in a production pilot with the first five locations and within five months had converted all locations over to the new Azure environment. The new environment can quickly be expanded as needed and is performing much better that the old environment, allowing the staff to better serve Arhaus’ clientele.

In this session will discuss with CIO Dave Barney how Arhaus made the transition from a legacy Citrix environment to a virtual desktop environment in Azure that is agile, streamlined, centralized, secure and is monitor and supported with Coretek’s Managed Services. Having Coretek doing the day to day support, frees up the Arhaus IT staff to focus on providing more important strategic business functionality and value.  

David Peace, CEO, Systron Donner Inertial

How are you prioritizing what processes to automate with the ever-changing digital IT landscape? Will you be able to keep up with the demands and opportunities provided by a host of exciting new technologies such as robotic process automation (RPA), workflow, artificial intelligence (AI), and internet of things (IoT)? Changes are rampant and digital drivers impatient. Interact with Dave Peace, CEO of Systron Donner Inertial, to learn about the challenges facing CEO’s and CIO’s, and how they can use emerging process technologies to fuel business results, data flow and process efficiency.

Brian Kelley, CTO, Ohio Turnpike & Infrastructure Commission

In the 21st century transportation challenges with safety, mobility, and the environment in our society our demanding our attention. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 2017 data shows 37,133 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes, an average of 102 deaths per day.  An average of nine teens ages 6-9 are killed every day from motor vehicle injuries. Our fixation with technology while driving and impaired driving is now associated with 50% of all traffic crashes. Connected and self-driving vehicle technology leveraging IoT, and edge computing  is evolving rapidly and promises to potentially prevent approximately 80% of the vehicle crash scenarios involving unimpaired drivers and significantly reduce injuries and deaths stemming from motor vehicle crashes.  This session will cover electrified, connected and self-driving vehicle technology and cybersecurity advancements  which will positively impact transportation and lives in our society  in the very near future on a road near you.

Christine Miles, Founder & CEO, 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, Cleveland

Offering indoor access to Tower City Center's shops and dining, this high-end hotel is a 1.2-mile drive from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

For reservations, please call 1-800-241-3333 and mention "Cleveland CIO Forum” and your date of arrival. To book online, click the link to the right.


1515 West Third Street, Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 623-1300

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reservation rates good until May 7, 2019

Deluxe Room Rate: $239

Advisory Council

  •  Ron Aderhold

    Ron Aderhold

    ASM International

    Chief Operations Officer & CIO

  •  Pete Anderson

    Pete Anderson

    Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority


  •  John Broerman

    John Broerman

    GrafTech International

    VP IT

  •  Jeff Farkas

    Jeff Farkas

    Roetzel & Andress


  •  John Fleischer

    John Fleischer


    SVP & CIO

  •  Steven Gaj

    Steven Gaj

    Cleveland VA Medical Center


  •  George Gazdick

    George Gazdick

    Squire, Patton, Boggs LLP

    Global CIO

  •  Kathy Golden

    Kathy Golden


    EVP & CTO

  •  Adam Gorski

    Adam Gorski

    The Timken Company

    Executive General Manager (CIO) & Chief Digital Officer

  •  Jim Hallman

    Jim Hallman

    Invacare Corporation

    Director of Business Applications

  •  Michael Hickman

    Michael Hickman

    Department of Veterans Affairs

    Network CIO

  •  Brian Kelley

    Brian Kelley

    Ohio Turnpike & Infrastructure Commission


  •  Steve Lubowicz

    Steve Lubowicz

    N2Y LLC


  •  Brian McDonald

    Brian McDonald

    Lubrizol Corporation

    Director, Information Systems Infrastructure

  •  Michael McManamon

    Michael McManamon

    Cleveland Sight Center


  •  Louise Moroney

    Louise Moroney

    NASA Glenn Research Center

    Deputy CIO

  •  Jennifer Murphy

    Jennifer Murphy

    Dealer Tire

    Director Information Solutions

  •  Louis Penny

    Louis Penny



  •  Mario Shahidian

    Mario Shahidian

    Steris Corp

    VP & CIO

  •  Ned Sherry

    Ned Sherry

    Kinetico Incorporated

    Director IT

  •  George Slogik

    George Slogik

    Lincoln Electric Company

    VP, Global Digital Business Solutions

  •  Dawn Swit

    Dawn Swit

    Next IT Staffing


  •  Troy Thomas

    Troy Thomas

    Wells Fargo

    SVP Information Security

  •  Joe Vincent

    Joe Vincent

    Progressive Insurance

    IT Manager

  •  Joseph Vislocky

    Joseph Vislocky

    Kichler Lighting

    Director IT Infrastructure

  •  Tom Wojnarowski

    Tom Wojnarowski

    Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA)


  •  Jennie Zamberlan

    Jennie Zamberlan

    Avantia, Inc.


  •  Kevin Zelina

    Kevin Zelina

    Materion Corporation

    Project Manager-Analyst


Join us this year in Cleveland, OH 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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