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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.

30 Advisors

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

8 Sponsors

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

55 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.

  •  Kevin Nally

    Kevin Nally

    US Secret Service


  •  Christine Miles

    Christine Miles

    EQuipt, LLC

    Founder & President

  •  David Peace

    David Peace

    Systron Donner Inertial


  •  Brian Watson

    Brian Watson

    Co-Author, Confessions of a Successful CIO

    VP, Enterprise Innovation at Traction Technology Partners


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.

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.

David Peace, CEO, Systron Donner Inertial

How are you process-prioritizing what to automate and executing with the ever-changing IT digital landscape? Will you be able to keep up with the demands to automate, comply with the internet of things (IoT), evolving robotic process automation (RPA), workflow and artificial intelligence (AI)? Changes are rampant, digital drivers impatient. Interact with Dave Peace, CEO of Systron Donner Inertial, and other digital transformation visionaries in learning about emerging process technologies that can fuel your business results, data flow, integration and efficiency.
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, 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

  •  Jane Alexander

    Jane Alexander

    Cleveland Museum of Art


  •  Pete Anderson

    Pete Anderson

    Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority


  •  John Broerman

    John Broerman

    TTI Floor Care North America

    Director of IT

  •  William (Bill) Eline

    William (Bill) Eline


    VP & CIO

  •  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

    General Manager IT

  •  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

    Global Director, IT 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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