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

40 Advisors

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

10 Sponsors

Premier would like to extend a special thank you to the 2017 sponsors of this event.

133 Organizations

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


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

  •  Steve Brown

    Steve Brown

    The Bald Futurist

    CEO, Possibility & Purpose

  •  Duncan Campbell

    Duncan Campbell

    Friends of the Children


  •  Shawn Daley

    Shawn Daley

    Concordia University

    EVP, Business Development & Innovation

  •  Eric Gabrielson

    Eric Gabrielson

    The Campbell Foundation


  •  Theresa Jelderks

    Theresa Jelderks

    Technology Association of Oregon (TAO)

    Senior Director of Operations

  •  Mike Jennett

    Mike Jennett


    VP of Research

  •  Kirk Kelly

    Kirk Kelly

    Portland State University

    AVP & CIO

  •  Pradeep Kumar

    Pradeep Kumar

    Kaiser Permanente

    Practice Leader, Infrastructure Mgmt. Group

  •  Bob Leek

    Bob Leek

    Multnomah County

    Deputy CIO

  •  Dina Mainville

    Dina Mainville

    Info-Tech Research Group

    Commercial Director, Strategic Partnerships & Innovation

  •  David Mills

    David Mills

    US Secret Service

    Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge

  •  Kory Murphy

    Kory Murphy

    Multnomah County

    Equity & Inclusion Manager

  •  Mike Nathlich

    Mike Nathlich


    Product Line Manager, Customer Service Management

  •  Christopher Paidhrin

    Christopher Paidhrin

    City of Portland


  •  Alex Pettit

    Alex Pettit

    State of Oregon

    Former CIO

  •  Doug Pitassi

    Doug Pitassi

    Pacific Office Automation


  •  Fred Pond

    Fred Pond



  •  Elisabeth Richard

    Elisabeth Richard

    The Greenbrier Companies


  •  Martin Ringle

    Martin Ringle

    Reed College


  •  Matt Scherer

    Matt Scherer



  •  Tawny Schlieski

    Tawny Schlieski

    Shovels and Whiskey


  •  Ryan Schlunz

    Ryan Schlunz

    Stoel Rives



October 11-12, 2017

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.

Nina Di Francisco, President, Premier Connects, Inc.

Program Intro
Pradeep Kumar, Practice Leader, Infrastructure Mgmt. Group, Kaiser Permanente

Bellmont A-B

Theresa Jelderks, Senior Director of Operations, Technology Association of Oregon (TAO)

Shawn Daley, EVP, Business Development & Innovation, Concordia University

Tawny Schlieski, Founder, Shovels and Whiskey

Virtual Reality is no longer limited to being just the delight of kids and gamers.  The new world of VR is evolving rapidly and having businesses in a variety of industries considering enterprise application. As technology leaders start to shift their thinking from VR being an entertaining game to real-world implementation for their teams, there are pressing questions to consider:
  • What industries are the front-runners for using VR/AR?
  • How does this new technology play out when we look at a more traditional IT department (and company)?
  • What is the enterprise-level reach that is expected in 2 years?  5 years? 10 years?

Bellmont A-B

Kirk Kelly, AVP & CIO, Portland State University

As managers and leaders, we must help create an engaging environment for our employees - not just because it produces more, higher-quality work, but because it's the right thing to do when we care about our people. There are many facets of employee engagement; we will specifically be focusing on Daniel Pink's philosophy of providing Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose, and how it drives a positive and motivating employee experience.

Bellmont A-B

Matt Scherer, Associate, Littler

The world is sitting on the edge of a new industrial revolution. Over the coming decades, many traditional service industries will likely be automated and transformed in much the same way that industries involving manual labor and the production of physical goods were transformed by industrialization. Just as industrialization generated new risks that necessitated the creation of new risk management mechanisms—most notably, administrative regulation—the rise of A.I., the automation of services, the nature of digital-age research and development, and the commoditization of data will present challenges that will require the application of different methods of managing the public risks associated with these advances.  New paradigms may ultimately be needed—or old pre-industrial paradigms revisited.

Bellmont A

Mike Nathlich, Product Line Manager, Customer Service Management, ServiceNow

In this session we will discuss the following:
  • Resolving Customer Issues at Lightspeed 
  • Anticipating new customer trends 
  • Prioritizing Resources 
  • Automation and Self-Serivice 
  • Continual Service Improvement

Bellmont C

Dina Mainville, Commercial Director, Strategic Partnerships & Innovation, Info-Tech Research Group

Excitement around blockchain technology is rooted in financial services. Opportunities exist for lowered transaction costs and complexity, increased transparency, immutability and the potential to welcome billions of unbanked people into the global economy.

Disruption in this space is undeniable and evidence suggests that the impact of block-chain will extend far beyond finance, from voting systems, to manufacturing, to healthcare and more. A new dawn is upon us and your choice is to exploit the technology now or wait for others to innovate before you.

Join us for a discussion on how blockchain will change the world, from a social, global, financial and organizational standpoint, and be inspired to lead the transformation in your organization.

Bellmont A-B

Doug Pitassi, President, Pacific Office Automation

Since opening the Portland location 39 years ago, Doug Pitassi’s Pacific Office Automation now has offices throughout the western US.  Always looking to grow, the company will continue east.  With award winning customer service, the copier leader has added state-of-the-art technology to their portfolio.

Doug will address these challenges:
  • The office of the future
  • Cloud services vs. on premise
  • The digital world

Bellmont A

Martin Ringle, CIO, Reed College

Fred Pond, Facilitator, RLF

Elisabeth Richard, VP/CIO, The Greenbrier Companies

Ryan Schlunz, CIO, Stoel Rives

The role of the CIO is constantly changing and evolving, as technology and corporate structure shift.  In this session, a distinguished panel will discuss the question “What will it mean to be a CIO in the years ahead?”  The panel will also consider the question, “What does one do after being a CIO?”

Bellmont C

Bob Leek, Deputy CIO, Multnomah County

Kory Murphy, Equity & Inclusion Manager, Multnomah County

Diversity is an important issue facing managers of workforces today. A diverse work environment is a positive work environment, as a variety of perspectives and backgrounds will result in a team that can solve problems in creative ways. The diversity issue is more than just demographics, however. This session will focus on how to get the best people for the job, the true value of diversity, how to include and listen to minorities in the workplace, and how all of these factors apply to a technology team.

Bellmont A

Ryan Schlunz, CIO, Stoel Rives

Christopher Paidhrin, CISO, City of Portland

Alex Pettit, Former CIO, State of Oregon

What exactly is the "Internet of Things (IoT)"? It is basically a network of connected devices, whether they be connected to each other or to a central brain. IoT opens the door to many opportunities but also brings about challenges, the biggest being security!  How is your company bringing IoT into the workplace while also protecting itself at the same time?  Another challenge is the amount of data these devices are creating; What are you doing to store all this data?  What opportunities and challenges are you facing and how are you dealing with them?

Bellmont C

David Mills, Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge, US Secret Service

A discussion of the current cyber threat landscape facing American businesses, and a look into the underground economy that hackers support and profit from.

Bellmont A-B

Mike Jennett, VP of Research, IDC

The strategic priorities of digital transformation are evolving quickly. Big bets are being placed; unusual techniques are being applied and new bars are being established. As the digital strategy directly drives the IT strategy, it is critical for CIOs to recalibrate their IT capabilities for the digital strategy. During this session, Mr. Pucciarelli will outline the new IT capabilities (processes, platforms, talent, governance) needed for digital transformation.

Bellmont A-B

Duncan Campbell, Founder, Friends of the Children

Eric Gabrielson, CEO, The Campbell Foundation

Please join us for a fireside chat with the entrepreneur/philanthropist, Duncan Campbell and Eric Gabrielson.
Welcome to the Portland 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 Portland SIM Chapter. Stay, chat, and enjoy yourself! 

Admittance by Conference Badge Only.
Welcome to the Portland 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. Stay, chat, and enjoy yourself!

Admittance by Conference Badge Only.

Bellmont A-B

Steve Brown, CEO, Possibility & Purpose, The Bald Futurist

The next wave of automation is about to crash into the workplace, and it’s going to be a tsunami. Both blue- and white-collar jobs will be automated by a combination of IOT, analytics, AI, blockchain, and robotics technologies. Widespread job displacement will affect every one of us, with some major, reputable consultancies projecting that 40-50% of today’s jobs could be at risk of automation. Every one of us needs to be paying close attention. Even if our own jobs don’t change, the jobs of our neighbors and customers will be. In this energetic talk, futurist Steve Brown will discuss the future of work, a world of augmented workers, human-machine partnerships, and totally reimagined business operations. Attendees will learn which new technologies will be the most disruptive to the employment landscape, which careers are at highest risk, and which skills you (or your kids, or grandkids) will need to focus on to remain valuable in the new, emerging world of work.


Crowne Plaza Portland - Convention Center

Crowne Plaza Portland - Convention Center


1441 NE 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97232
(503) 233-2401

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reservation rates good until September 3, 2018

Single: $199

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Advisory Council

  •  Grisha Alpernas

    Grisha Alpernas


    IS Operations & Productions Mgr.

  •  Richard Appleyard Ph.D.

    Richard Appleyard Ph.D.

    Oregon Secretary of State

    Deputy CIO

  •  Jackie Barretta

    Jackie Barretta

    Willamette University


  •  John Boone

    John Boone


    President & Founder

  •  David Cummings

    David Cummings

    Clackamas County


  •  David De Fiebre

    David De Fiebre

    DP Associates

    Adviser & Consultant

  •  Mike Eom Ph.D.

    Mike Eom Ph.D.

    University of Portland

    Associate Professor of Business MIS

  •  Mark Farley

    Mark Farley

    Thermo Fisher Scientific

    VP Information Technology

  •  Manoj Garg

    Manoj Garg

    Virtual Information Executives

    CEO & Managing Partner

  •  Brandon Gatke

    Brandon Gatke

    Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare


  •  Brenda Gibson

    Brenda Gibson

    Multnomah University

    Director IT

  •  Andy Hedberg

    Andy Hedberg

    The Walsh Group

    Director IT & Risk Management

  •  Cam Henderson

    Cam Henderson

    Portland General Electric

    VP & CIO

  •  Don Hornschuch

    Don Hornschuch

    Qorvo, Inc.

    IT Manager

  •  Dana Jiacoletti

    Dana Jiacoletti

    RightRez Inc.

    Director of Business Analyst

  •  David M. Kaplin

    David M. Kaplin

    DWFritz Automation

    IT Director

  •  John Kenagy

    John Kenagy

    Legacy Health

    SVP, CIO, & CISO

  •  Pradeep Kumar

    Pradeep Kumar

    Kaiser Permanente

    Practice Leader, Infrastructure Mgmt. Group

  •  Bob Leek

    Bob Leek

    Multnomah County

    Deputy CIO

  •  Travis Luckey

    Travis Luckey

    Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)


  •  Jeff Maurer

    Jeff Maurer

    Planar Systems, Inc.


  •  Dustin Milberg

    Dustin Milberg


    VP of Dev. Ops. Technical Operations & Quality Assurance

  •  Bill Moore

    Bill Moore

    Les Schwab Tire Center


  •  Nate Oliver

    Nate Oliver

    Experis IT

    Engagement Manager, Project Solutions

  •  Curt Pederson

    Curt Pederson

    University of Portland


  •  Emily Phan

    Emily Phan

    Stand for Children


  •  John Pierce

    John Pierce


    Sr. Consultant

  •  Elisabeth Richard

    Elisabeth Richard

    The Greenbrier Companies


  •  Josh Ricker

    Josh Ricker

    TEC Equipment


  •  Martin Ringle

    Martin Ringle

    Reed College


  •  Ellen Smith

    Ellen Smith

    Fire Mountain Gems & Beads


  •  Tyson O. Smith

    Tyson O. Smith

    Beneficial State Bank

    SVP, CIO

  •  Sherry Swackhamer

    Sherry Swackhamer

    Multnomah County

    CIO & Director - Dept. of County Assets

  •  Terri Thoresen

    Terri Thoresen


    VP of IT

  •  Doug Townsend

    Doug Townsend

    City of Medford

    Director Technology Services

  •  Mark W. Van Patten

    Mark W. Van Patten

    Denali Advanced Integration

    Former VP Delivery Mgmt. & Sr. Engagement Mgr.

  •  Stuart R. Vogt

    Stuart R. Vogt

    Fred Meyer Stores / The Kroger Company

    Director IT

  •  Mark Wehrmeister

    Mark Wehrmeister

    Greater Giving

    Vice President of Technology and Operations

  •  Scott White

    Scott White

    Bridgewell Resources

    Director IT

  •  Paul Wogan

    Paul Wogan

    Washington State Community College

    Virtual CIO


Join us this year in Portland, OR as we discuss cutting-edge technologies with influential thought-leaders.


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