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About the Conference

Midwest Technology Leaders (MTL) is an exclusive gathering of the Midwest region’s top information executives — those committed to innovation, excellence and results.

This is the only Midwest-based IT executive symposium that combines an influential, exclusive audience and access to distinguished speakers, while supporting the advancement of information technology in the region.

The symposium is a nonpolitical, cross-industry, annual event, providing a platform to celebrate the achievements of this strong technology community. Together, this group of thought leaders is finding innovative approaches for IT and business challenges.

The delegation addresses the critical issues impacting the local and regional IT industry. Coming into its 14th year, the event attracts over 200 CIO and senior-level executives driving economies throughout the region.

In the spirit of giving back to the community that has supported MTL events, all proceeds from MTL 2018 will go to We Build Character’s Elevate Leadership Program. We Build Character is a not-for-profit organization focused on growing and strengthening Michigan’s workforce through powerful executive mentoring programs.

21 Advisors

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

4 Sponsors

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

36 Organizations

These organizations have appointed one or more senior level executives to attend Midwest Technology Leaders.


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

  •  Michelle Greene

    Michelle Greene

    Masco Corporation

    VP IT

  •  Vijay Sankaran

    Vijay Sankaran

    TD Ameritrade


  •  Rod Davenport

    Rod Davenport

    Lansing Board of Water and Light


  •  Jeff Day

    Jeff Day

    North of 10 Advisors


  •  Sean Donaldson

    Sean Donaldson



  •  Bill Fandrich

    Bill Fandrich

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan


  •  Greg Fell

    Greg Fell

    Gama Aviation


  •  Mark Guthrie

    Mark Guthrie

    AM General


  •  Chris Irving

    Chris Irving



  •  Sireesha Mandava

    Sireesha Mandava


    CIO & VP of Innovation

  •  Tracy-Ann Palmer

    Tracy-Ann Palmer

    Midwest Technology Leaders

    Founder & Chairman of the Board

  •  Dan Roberts

    Dan Roberts

    Ouellette & Associates


  •  Jane Sydlowski

    Jane Sydlowski

    AMI Strategies

    President & CEO

  •  Carlos Valdes-Dapena

    Carlos Valdes-Dapena


  •  Brian Watson

    Brian Watson

    Co-Author, Confessions of a Successful CIO

    VP, Enterprise Innovation at Traction Technology Partners


The Speed of Transformation - The Disruptive Force of Technology

May 2, 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.

Jeff Day, President, North of 10 Advisors

Dan Roberts, CEO, Ouellette & Associates

Greg Fell, COO, Gama Aviation

Vijay Sankaran, CIO, TD Ameritrade

Brian Watson, VP, Enterprise Innovation at Traction Technology Partners, Co-Author, Confessions of a Successful CIO

Tracy-Ann Palmer, Founder & Chairman of the Board, Midwest Technology Leaders

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.

Jane Sydlowski, President & CEO, AMI Strategies

Rod Davenport, CIO, Lansing Board of Water and Light

Michelle Greene, VP IT, Masco Corporation

Mark Guthrie, CIO, AM General

Sireesha Mandava, CIO & VP of Innovation, GreenPath

In this session, our emcee will introduce some newer CIOs in Michigan 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 Michigan-based 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.

Carlos Valdes-Dapena, Author,

Carlos’s talk challenges conventional approaches to corporate team building, something organizations spend tens of millions of dollars every year with little measurable impact. He discusses the insights he developed while working with Mars and offers a different way for organizations and groups to think about - and do something about – developing more effective teams and teamwork. Specifically, Carlos identified the critical link between two seemingly contradictory theories – what motivates high achieving individuals and what makes groups work effectively. His thinking and approach provide a straight-forward and practical way to unlock higher team performance.

Sean Donaldson, CTO, Secure-24

Chris Irving, CTO, RouteOne

Dan Roberts, CEO, Ouellette & Associates

Bill Fandrich, CIO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

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. 

Admittance by Conference Badge Only.

The Henry, Autograph Collection

The Henry hotel in Dearborn, Michigan is adjacent to Fairlane Town Center, 1 mile to the world headquarters of Ford Motor Company, and 2 miles to The Henry Ford, the Midwest's largest historic attraction encompassing the Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village and Rouge Factory.


300 Town Center Drive, Dearborn, MI 48126
(313) 441-2000

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reservation rates good until April 9, 2019

Room Rate: $187 per night

Advisory Board

  •  Anju Chopra

    Anju Chopra

    Duff & Phelps

    SVP, Cyber Technologies

  •  Richard Hook

    Richard Hook

    Penske Automotive Group, Inc.

    EVP & CIO

  •  Tracy-Ann Palmer

    Tracy-Ann Palmer

    Midwest Technology Leaders

    Founder & Chairman of the Board

  •  Phil Bertolini

    Phil Bertolini

    Oakland County, Michigan

    Deputy County Executive & CIO

  •  Mamatha Chamarthi

    Mamatha Chamarthi

    ZF Group

    SVP & Chief Digital Officer

  •  Mark Cybulski

    Mark Cybulski

    Borgwarner Inc.

    VP IT, Transmission Systems

  •  Gary Erickson

    Gary Erickson

    Executive Search Partners

    Managing Partner

  •  Ken Faw

    Ken Faw

    Loose Neurons LLC


  •  Kevin Johnson

    Kevin Johnson

    HoMedics LLC

    VP of IT & CIO

  •  Brian Kelley

    Brian Kelley

    Ohio Turnpike & Infrastructure Commission


  •  Jason Lambiris

    Jason Lambiris

    Apex Digital Solutions


  •  Dann Lemerand FHIMSS

    Dann Lemerand FHIMSS

    Kinney Group, Inc.

    Senior Director, Business Development

  •  Carey Pachla

    Carey Pachla

    Fast Switch


  •  Robert Palmer

    Robert Palmer

    Midwest Technology Leaders


  •  Raj Patel

    Raj Patel

    Plante Moran


  •  Dan Rainey

    Dan Rainey

    City of Detroit Water and Sewage Department


  •  Dan Roberts

    Dan Roberts

    Ouellette & Associates


  •  George Surdu

    George Surdu

    HTC Global Services

    Chief Strategy Officer

  •  Jane Sydlowski

    Jane Sydlowski

    AMI Strategies

    President & CEO

  •  Teri Takai

    Teri Takai

    Former CIO, US Dept. of Defense

    Senior Advisor, Center for Digital Goverment

  •  Doug Wiescinski

    Doug Wiescinski

    Plante & Moran

    IT Consultant Partner


Join us this year in Detroit, MI 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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