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

46 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.

72 Organizations

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


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

  •  Joe Bastante

    Joe Bastante

    BlueCross BlueShield


  •  Joe Perez

    Joe Perez

    NC Department of Health and Human Services

    Senior Systems Analyst and Team Lead

  •  Matthew Peters

    Matthew Peters

    Computer Aid, Inc.

    Executive Director, Intelligent Automation

  •  Neal Petersen

    Neal Petersen

    No Barriers International

    Motivational Speaker

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"


December 5-6, 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.

Matthew Peters, Executive Director, Intelligent Automation, Computer Aid, Inc.

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"

Joe Perez, Senior Systems Analyst and Team Lead, NC Department of Health and Human Services

The Gartner and Forrester groups have estimated that more than half of all major IT projects do not succeed, and unfortunately, CIO's most often bear the brunt of the blame for it.  When they take it personally, they may end up failing as well.  With the inability to either adapt to change or push it at the right pace being listed as one of the major reasons for these failures (according to a Harvard Business Review study), blindly sticking with the status quo can kill your IT growth with stagnation.  Renaissance philosopher and writer Machiavelli once said, “I'm not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it.”

So how does a CIO follow this advice and avoid stagnation without sacrificing quality and security in the process?  In "Cultivating a Climate for Paradigm Shift," I will expound on what I see are the three key words to strike this delicate balance: Recognize, Resolve, and Respond.  This presentation will encourage CIOs to shift their paradigm and be a catalyst for change rather than resisting it.  Where is your organization now?  Where do you want it to be in five years?  Do you intend to get it there by using the same methods that have not worked? It has been said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, but expecting different results.  Is that how you want your legacy as a CIO to be remembered?  Regarding change, are you a catalyst or an antagonist?  Let me say that in a different way: do you project an image of being part of the problem or part of the solution?  Come and find out!

Joe Bastante, CTO, BlueCross BlueShield

AI Pragmatism and Passion, a hype-free strategy for practical yet impactful AI solutions – The technology industry has been inundated with information about AI, yet much of it gives little practical insight into exactly how it work and how to successfully deploy it within an organization. This presentation moves beyond the fluff and hype providing a clear picture of what it is and exactly how it works, offers proven examples of AI particularly in healthcare, and importantly, gives practical guidance for deploying an AI strategy within an organization.


Raleigh Convention Center

The Raleigh Convention Center is a bustling hub for the culture, commerce and technologies that make the Triangle one of the most admired and sought after regions in the United States.

Raleigh Convention Center


500 South Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
(919) 996-8500

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Advisory Council

  •  Jim  Baxley

    Jim Baxley

    nCino, Inc.

    SVP Enterprise Banking

  •  Bob Brinson

    Bob Brinson

    NC Dept. of Public Safety


  • Maj. Nick Brooks

    Maj. Nick Brooks

    US Army JFK Special Warfare Center & School


  •  Terry Buchanan

    Terry Buchanan

    Robeson County


  •  Gray Cassell

    Gray Cassell

    Town of Kernersville


  •  Steve Crawford

    Steve Crawford

    Amarr - Entrematic, Inc.

    CIO & VP IT

  •  Neale D'Rozario

    Neale D'Rozario

    D'Rozario Enterprises


  •  Hemant Desai

    Hemant Desai

    Guilford County


  •  Tracy Doaks

    Tracy Doaks

    State of North Carolina

    Deputy State CIO/Chief Services Officer

  •  Barbara Duck

    Barbara Duck

    BB&T, Inc.

    EVP & CIO

  •  Jerry Fralick

    Jerry Fralick

    Lenovo USA

    Chief Security Officer

  •  Tim Gabel

    Tim Gabel

    RTI International

    EVP, Social, Statisical & Environ. Sciences

  •  Raju Gadiraju

    Raju Gadiraju

    NC Dept. of Commerce, Division of Employment Security


  •  Sean Hagarty

    Sean Hagarty


    VP Global Information Systems

  •  Trish Halley

    Trish Halley

    SAS Institute

    VP, Global IT Service Delivery and Support

  •  Paul Hetzel

    Paul Hetzel

    Carolina Donor Services

    Director of Information Systems

  •  John Hoffler

    John Hoffler

    BB&T, Inc.

    Manager, IT UNIX Engineering

  •  Ryan Hunt

    Ryan Hunt

    Highwoods Properties

    Director Applications Development

  •  Renae Irek

    Renae Irek

    NC Office of the State Auditor


  •  Mike Jensen

    Mike Jensen

    Dova Pharmaceuticals

    Director Information Technology

  •  Chris Kielt

    Chris Kielt

    UNC - Chapel Hill

    CIO & VC for IT

  •  Chris Koltyk

    Chris Koltyk

    City of Jacksonville, NC


  •  Leah Kraus

    Leah Kraus

    NC Central University


  •  Rick Leggett

    Rick Leggett


    Chair, Corporate Advisory

  •  Stephan LeMoine Jr.

    Stephan LeMoine Jr.



  •  John Leydon

    John Leydon

    University of North Carolina

    VP & CIO

  •  Michael Lubak

    Michael Lubak

    Lord Corp.

    Director Business & IT

  •  Darryl Meeks

    Darryl Meeks

    One Voice Data


  •  Michelle Peck

    Michelle Peck

    PowerSecure, Inc.

    VP IT

  •  Bill Pierce

    Bill Pierce

    Parexel International

    Chief of Platform Solutions

  •  Malcolm Postings

    Malcolm Postings

    QuintilesIMS (IQVIA)

    Global CTO

  •  Jane Price

    Jane Price

    NC Dept. of Agriculture


  •  Tracy Purvis

    Tracy Purvis

    Alliance One International

    VP of Global IS

  •  Nicole Raimundo

    Nicole Raimundo

    Town of Cary


  •  Dede Ramoneda

    Dede Ramoneda

    First Citizens Bank


  •  George Reichert

    George Reichert

    Genworth Financial


  •  Don Riley

    Don Riley


    Director of IT, Americas

  •  Henry Schaffer

    Henry Schaffer

    NC State University

    Special IT Projects

  •  D. Darnell Smith

    D. Darnell Smith

    City of Raleigh


  •  Mike Taylor

    Mike Taylor

    City of Raleigh

    Deputy County Manager & CIO

  •  Shannon Tufts

    Shannon Tufts

    UNC - School of Government

    Director, Center for Public Technology

  •  Keith Werner

    Keith Werner

    University of North Carolina

    VP of IT & CIO

  •  Jim West

    Jim West

    Cummins, Inc.

    Director IT

  •  Rex Wilder

    Rex Wilder

    City of Greenville

    IT Director/CIO

  •  Billy Willis

    Billy Willis

    Duke University Health System


  •  Loretta Wynder

    Loretta Wynder

    NC Dept. of Justice

    IT Project Manager


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


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