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

35 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 2018 sponsors of this event.

104 Organizations

These organizations have appointed one or more senior level executives to attend the New Jersey CIO Forum.


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

  •  Frank Diana

    Frank Diana

    Leader Strategist, Speaker, Futurist, Digital Transformer

  •  Adam Famularo

    Adam Famularo

    erwin, Inc.


  •  Neal Petersen

    Neal Petersen

    No Barriers International

    Motivational Speaker

  •  Joseph Pucciarelli

    Joseph Pucciarelli


    Group VP & IT Executive Advisor

Introduction from Neal Petersen

In sharing his captivating, uniquely delivered and extraordinary life-story, Neal delivers a powerful message that "There Are No Barriers – Only Solutions!"

"Neal is one of the most inspiring, dynamic and thought provoking speakers you will ever witness, he is mesmerizing"


October 29, 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.

Neal Petersen, Motivational Speaker, No Barriers International

Introduction from Neal:

South African-born, Neal Petersen is a history-making extreme adventurer, global investor, and award-winning author. Neal has faced many challenges in life – a childhood physical disability, economic hardship, prejudice during the harsh Apartheid era, and other insurmountable barriers and he always turned them into opportunities. In these challenging times of uncertainty, fear and insecurity rise, many CIOs feel like solo sailors, adrift, grasping for survival. Neal lays out the importance of a clearly communicated vision, followed by detailed planning, on how better to navigate the uncharted waters ahead using his remarkable personal story.

Neal completed the "Around Alone", a 27,000 mile yacht race, 9 months at sea, around Cape Horn and its notorious storms – solo, and in the smallest boat he designed and built himself.

In sharing his captivating, uniquely delivered and extraordinary life-story, Neal delivers a powerful message that "There Are No Barriers – Only Solutions!"

"Neal is one of the most inspiring, dynamic and thought provoking speakers you will ever witness, he is mesmerizing"

Frank Diana, Leader Strategist, Speaker, Futurist, Digital Transformer,

The future is arriving faster than most people think.

When we look around us, we see a world in which digital is now woven into the fabric of our lives. Where the pace of change is accelerating, its trajectory exponential and the convergence of paradigm shifts is now the new norm.

We’re now living in a looking-glass world; where everything we think we know is being 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.

These paradigm shifts will require us to think deeply about the future, with a focus on improving the global standard of living, and an emphasis placed on right brain characteristics such as creativity, imagination and reasoning. They will have a profound effect as purpose, structure, value, scenarios, ethics and viability are challenged, re-examined and reimagined.

We are entering a very transformative period in history – one that could someday be viewed as the MOST transformative. In a world where change is constant and shifts occur instantly, we can no longer accurately predict the future, but instead must rehearse it.

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

Adam Famularo, CEO, erwin, Inc.

In this session hear from companies that are disruptive.


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Advisory Council

  •  Christopher Andrews

    Christopher Andrews

    Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide


  •  Judy Balaban

    Judy Balaban

    Ortho Clinical Diagnostics

    Global IT Leader

  •  Mark Barash

    Mark Barash

    New Jersey SIM Chapter


  •  Gennadiy  Barskiy

    Gennadiy Barskiy

    Fisk Alloy

    Head of IT

  •  Edward Beesley

    Edward Beesley

    SGS North America, Inc.

    SVP & CIO

  •  Christopher Browne

    Christopher Browne

    J. Knipper & Company, Inc.

    Associate Director, Professional Services

  •  Jessica Carroll

    Jessica Carroll

    TenFour IT

    VP Customer Success & Lifecycle

  •  Richard Cigna

    Richard Cigna

    Mitchell Martin Inc.


  •  William Compton

    William Compton

    Integra LifeSciences

    SVP & CIO

  •  Craig Cuyar

    Craig Cuyar

    Omnicom Group

    Global CIO

  •  John Erickson

    John Erickson

    Delta Dental of New Jersey & Connecticut

    AVP Technical Services

  •  Lookman Fazal

    Lookman Fazal


    CIO & CISO

  •  Joe Fisher

    Joe Fisher

    New Jersey SIM Chapter


  •  Risa Fogel

    Risa Fogel


    Head Strategy, Enterprise Architecture & Workplace

  •  Indranil Ganguly

    Indranil Ganguly

    JFK Healthcare System

    VP & CIO

  •  Tomas Gregorio

    Tomas Gregorio

    New Jersey Innovation Institute

    Sr. Executive Director Healthcare

  •  Jon Harding

    Jon Harding

    Conair Corporation

    Global CIO

  •  Chris Hoover

    Chris Hoover

    Innovative Technology Solutions, LLC

    Managing Partner

  •  Brian Jaffa

    Brian Jaffa

    Quest Diagnostics

    Executive Director, PMO - Healthcare IT Solutions

  •  Tariq Jamal

    Tariq Jamal


    CIO Americas & Global Head IT, Strategy & PMO

  •  Frank Kovacs

    Frank Kovacs

    Sutherland Global Services

    Global Digital Business Executive & EPMO

  •  Dave Manhas

    Dave Manhas

    inVentiv Health

    Global Architecture

  •  George  McKevitt Ph.D.

    George McKevitt Ph.D.

    Compliance Science


  •  Robert Minor

    Robert Minor

    Quadtech Systems

    CIO & CTO

  •  Adam Noble

    Adam Noble

    GAF Materials Corp.

    SVP & Global CIO

  •  John Palinkas

    John Palinkas

    Institute for Digital Transformation

    Managing Partner

  •  Eric Rosenberg

    Eric Rosenberg

    William Paterson University


  •  Robert Russo

    Robert Russo


    Former IT Transformation Consultant

  •  JP Saini

    JP Saini

    TRC Solutions, Inc.


  •  Pete Sattler

    Pete Sattler

    John Wiley & Sons


  •  Kevin Schwesinger

    Kevin Schwesinger

    PRI Technology

    Managing Partner

  •  Allen Spokane

    Allen Spokane

    Atlantic Imaging Group, LLC


  •  Val Thomas

    Val Thomas

    Lincoln Educational Services

    SVP & CIO

  •  Frank Wander

    Frank Wander

    CEO & Founder

  •  Brian Watson

    Brian Watson

    Co-Author, Confessions of a Successful CIO

    Co-Head, CIO Networks, Metis Strategy


Join us this year in New Brunswick, NJ as we discuss cutting-edge technologies with influential thought-leaders.


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