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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.

52 Advisors

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

19 Sponsors

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

163 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.

  •  Jo Abernathy

    Jo Abernathy

    Blue Cross Blue Shield


  •  Julie Batchelor

    Julie Batchelor

    United States Postal Service

    Information Technology Executive

  •  Bob Bowling

    Bob Bowling

    Peter Millar

    VP IT

  •  John Burwash

    John Burwash

    Info-Tech Research Group

    Sr. Director

  •  Stan Crowder

    Stan Crowder

    US Secret Service

    Sr. Special Agent

  •  Joy Currey

    Joy Currey

    Corral Riding Academy

    Founder & President

  •  Neale D'Rozario

    Neale D'Rozario

    D'Rozario Enterprises


  •  Tracy Doaks

    Tracy Doaks

    State of North Carolina

    Deputy State CIO/Chief Services Officer

  •  George Dolicker

    George Dolicker

    INC Research/inVentiv Health


  •  Todd Ellison

    Todd Ellison


    Director of Networking

  •  Anthony Foust

    Anthony Foust

    United Therapeutics

    Director of Innovative Technologies - Infrastructure

  •  Lori Fuller

    Lori Fuller

    NC Dept. of IT

    General Counsel

  •  Robert Furberg

    Robert Furberg

    RTI International

    Sr. Clinical Informaticist

  •  Sandra Germenis

    Sandra Germenis

    UNC-Chapel Hill

    Assistant Vice Chancellor, User Support & Engagement

  •  Laszlo Gonc

    Laszlo Gonc

    MVP Advisory Group LLC


  •  Derek Granath

    Derek Granath

    Silver Peak

    VP Product Marketing

  •  Trish Halley

    Trish Halley

    SAS Institute

    VP, Global IT Service Delivery and Support

  •  Sharon  Hayes

    Sharon Hayes

    HBConsulting, LLC

    Managing Partner

  •  John Hoffler

    John Hoffler

    BB&T, Inc.

    Manager, IT UNIX Engineering

  •  Doug Hubbard

    Doug Hubbard

    Hubbard Decision Research


  •  Mike Kelly

    Mike Kelly

    Red Hat, Inc.


  •  Stephan LeMoine Jr.

    Stephan LeMoine Jr.



  •  Jameson Lopp

    Jameson Lopp

    BitGo, Inc.

    Software Engineer

  •  Michael Lubak

    Michael Lubak

    Lord Corp.

    Director Business & IT

  •  Jeannine McConnell

    Jeannine McConnell


    Sr. Executive Strategist

  •  Samila Mohseni

    Samila Mohseni

    NC Dept. of IT

    Director Enterprise Applications

  •  Marc Montoro

    Marc Montoro

    NorthState Technology Solutions

    General Manager

  •  Nick Otto

    Nick Otto



  •  Jacque Passino

    Jacque Passino

    DXC Technology

    Sr. Advisory

  •  Teena Piccione

    Teena Piccione

    Fidelity Investments

    SVP Enterprise Technology

  •  Malcolm Postings

    Malcolm Postings

    QuintilesIMS (IQVIA)

    Global CTO

  •  Joseph Pucciarelli

    Joseph Pucciarelli


    Group VP & IT Executive Advisor

  •  Mani Ramachandran

    Mani Ramachandran


    Dynamics Solution Architect

  •  Dede Ramoneda

    Dede Ramoneda

    First Citizens Bank


  •  Dan Roberts

    Dan Roberts

    Ouellette & Associates


  •  Buffie Rodri

    Buffie Rodri


    Managing Director

  •  Jeff Smith

    Jeff Smith

    Arago US


  •  Maria Thompson

    Maria Thompson

    State of North Carolina

    State Chief Risk & Security Officer

  •  Corey Todaro

    Corey Todaro

    Hashed Health


  •  Brian Watson

    Brian Watson

    Co-Author, Confessions of a Successful CIO

    Co-Head, CIO Networks, Metis Strategy

  •  Kimi Ziemski

    Kimi Ziemski

    KSP Partnership

    Founder & CEO


November 29-30, 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
Anthony Foust, Director of Innovative Technologies - Infrastructure, United Therapeutics

Imperial V

Dan Roberts, CEO, Ouellette & Associates

Jo Abernathy, CIO, Blue Cross Blue Shield

Stephan LeMoine Jr., CIO, Cree

Dede Ramoneda, CIO, First Citizens Bank

Today’s CIOs are leading through an unprecedented period of digital transformation and disruption. Facing the innovators dilemma, savvy business and technology leaders are creating vision, setting strategy, and aligning executive teams to drive new sources of revenue and orchestrate new customer experiences. Success with this new journey means securing the necessary resources, organizing for speed, enabling a fail fast culture while building an IT talent brand that ensures we retain and attract the right talent. 

Imperial V

Stan Crowder, Sr. Special Agent, US Secret Service

Card payment fraud has experienced many evolutions, from dumpster diving to skimming to hacking, criminals are constantly evolving in their efforts to obtain cash, goods, and services through the compromise and use of debit and credit cards. This presentation will focus on the history/evolution of card payment fraud, and provide information on the latest trends, as well as preventative measures companies can take to protect themselves from this multi-billion dollar enterprise.

Imperial II

Jeannine McConnell, Sr. Executive Strategist, ServiceNow

Tracy Doaks, Deputy State CIO/Chief Services Officer, State of North Carolina

Sandra Germenis, Assistant Vice Chancellor, User Support & Engagement, UNC-Chapel Hill

Trish Halley, VP, Global IT Service Delivery and Support, SAS Institute

Samila Mohseni, Director Enterprise Applications, NC Dept. of IT

Strategic Partnership is the goal of many IT leaders; we realize we have to attain this level of relationship in the age of digital transformation. Join us as we discuss how are IT leaders approaching becoming more strategic partners, focusing on business value and business convergence.

Imperial VI

Derek Granath, VP Product Marketing, Silver Peak

Todd Ellison, Director of Networking, VeriStor

Analysts agree that SD-WAN is the way forward for enterprises supporting cloud-first initiatives. Everywhere you turn it seems someone is writing about SD-WAN, the trends and how to select the right solution.  An SD-WAN solution that improves application performance and availability while lowering operational costs; one that fully integrates WAN optimization, routing and firewalls to simplify WAN infrastructure at the branch.    

But what is SD-WAN and more importantly, how can it help you deliver results for your organization?   

Whether you’re driving new IT strategies to grow your cloud-connected business or to overcome application challenges, SD-WAN offers real advantages.

Join us to hear how customers are finding the right solution partners and achieving these results:
  • Enhanced user experience and business productivity
  • Improved application availability for continuous business operations
  • Increased business agility
  • Operational efficiencies

Empire AB

John Burwash, Sr. Director, Info-Tech Research Group

Each year, organizations cumulatively spend nearly 1 trillion dollars on enterprise software & services, and that number is rapidly increasing. The challenge Info-Tech has found is that over 50% of software purchasing decisions are ineffective. Worse, organizations are extremely likely to renew their software regardless of whether they are satisfied with it.

In this session we will share analytical insights from over 5000 in-depth enterprise software reviews we’ve collected from IT and business leaders to help you understand how you can more effectively select and manage enterprise software, and save money while doing it. Learn what processes are most and least effective, and where the risks are.
  Hint: it’s not where you think.

Imperial V

Mike Kelly, CIO, Red Hat, Inc.

Brian Watson, Co-Head, CIO Networks, Metis Strategy, Co-Author, Confessions of a Successful CIO

CIOs and their organizations face many disruptive challenges today, whether it's an external competitive threat, increasing internal "shadow IT," or organizational change that impacts your talent and their roles. IT leaders can ably lead their organizations to success despite these obstacles, but they must ask themselves: How bad do they want it? In this fireside chat with author and CIO advisor Brian Watson, Red Hat CIO Mike Kelly will share his perspectives on how CIOs and IT organizations can combat and lead through change, specifically by calling on key skills in leadership and management—not necessarily technology. 

Imperial V

Joy Currey, Founder & President, Corral Riding Academy

Imperial II

Marc Montoro, General Manager, NorthState Technology Solutions

Bob Bowling, VP IT, Peter Millar

Michael Lubak, Director Business & IT, Lord Corp.

Nick Otto, CIO, Kimley-Horn

Cyber theft is one of the fastest growing crimes today, with an estimated $7 trillion in total damages for 2016.  Companies must be aware of the current threat landscape.  But more importantly, they must have a strategy for awareness and incident response.  This session will discuss the strategic approach to give cybersecurity proper attention and the IT department the proper platform, to ensure companies are protected and prepared to respond.

Imperial VI

Mani Ramachandran, Dynamics Solution Architect, Microsoft

Digital transformation is not simply about technology—it’s a business strategy that requires leaders to re-envision existing business models and embrace a different way of bringing together people, data, and processes to create value for their customers and capture new opportunities for their organizations.

To enable digital transformation strategies – so organizations can grow, evolve and meet the changing needs of customers, as well as capture new business opportunities, companies need intelligent business applications.

In this session, lets drill down, in some detail, relative to what Microsoft provides to make this business transformation possible. 

Imperial II

Jacque Passino, Sr. Advisory, DXC Technology

Jeff Smith, CEO, Arago US

To create competitive advantage, innovation leaders are looking to realize benefits from early adoption on the digital frontier. Looking for higher probability of success and lower probability of failure, companies (or departments) are trying to decide if they want to be leaders or fast followers in the Artificial Intelligence space. Sitting this transformation out will surely mean being outpaced by your competitors. This panel will discuss the risk and success factors of:  
  • Profitable Digital Transformation
  • Maximizing the Autonomy of the Enterprise
  • Deployment Strategies
  • Artificial Intelligence Adoption
  • Market Value Potential of Adjusting Business Models and Operations

Imperial VI

Laszlo Gonc, Partner, MVP Advisory Group LLC

Tremendous technology changes in recent years have made exponential leaps in the way we will communicate, interact and transact with each other for generations to come. The Internet of Things (IoT) has brought about the potential for low cost sensors on everything around us, on us and even in us. Blockchains and smart contracts with advances in encryption tools will provide for the immutable trust and transparency required to build the foundation of Web 3.0. The collection of all this data will provide startling context to how we behave and make decisions through Better Data Analytics. Advances in Artificial Intelligence through machine learning will change the way we interact with machines, our environment and each other forever. What does this mean to your business? What are the technology risks? We have now entered the Transformative Age – are you ready to do business in the future?

Empire AB

Sharon Hayes, Managing Partner, HBConsulting, LLC

Julie Batchelor, Information Technology Executive, United States Postal Service

Buffie Rodri, Managing Director, Accenture

Maria Thompson, State Chief Risk & Security Officer, State of North Carolina

According to the LeanIn 2017 Women in the Workplace Study - Women remain significantly underrepresented in the corporate pipeline. From the outset, fewer women than men are hired at the entry level. At every subsequent step, the representation of women further declines, and women of color face an even more dramatic drop-off at senior levels.

Here from three C-Suite Women IT Executives and how they broke the code and moved into Senior Leadership Roles. 

Imperial V

Joseph Pucciarelli, Group VP & IT Executive Advisor, 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.

Imperial V

Doug Hubbard, Owner, Hubbard Decision Research

How to Measure Anything in Cybersecurity Risk exposes the shortcomings of current “risk management” practices, and offers a series of improvement techniques that help you fill the holes and ramp up security.
Welcome to the Raleigh 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 Raleigh SIM Chapter. Stay, chat, and enjoy yourself!

Admittance by Conference Badge Only.

Dennis Robinson, Regional Director, Premier Connects, Inc.

Imperial V

Malcolm Postings, Global CTO, QuintilesIMS (IQVIA)

 In this session you will hear about 3 main ‘pillars’ of New Technologies:
  • Edge = anything and everything that is changing touching individuals  (sensors, voice, social, etc.) and the ‘precision impact’
  • Network = new orchestration opportunities ‘industry as a service’ ... moving into a B2B and B2C connected world – linked to outcomes
  • Staged = how we are moving to ‘micro service’ monetizability from assets both in areas of functionality (algorithms) and data 

Imperial V

Neale D'Rozario, President, D'Rozario Enterprises

Robert Furberg, Sr. Clinical Informaticist, RTI International

Jameson Lopp, Software Engineer, BitGo, Inc.

Corey Todaro, COO, Hashed Health

There is a significant amount of excitement and hype surrounding the blockchain. This panel will unpack and answer many of the current questions surrounding this exciting new technology.

Imperial V

Kimi Ziemski, Founder & CEO, KSP Partnership

Create and lead teams that can deliver productively through and despite disruption. Create and maintain an environment that allows teams to rise above disruption’s potential to negatively impact your projects, your objectives, and your organization. Your teams will always be subject to disruption. There will be evolving technology, new regulatory pressures, and unexpected impacts from economic developments.

This presentation is based on the concepts developed in Ms. Ziemski’s most recent book, Culture’s Competitive Edge – The Keys to Sustained Organizational Growth. In this presentation, she offers a practical model that demonstrates why 'silver bullets' are a myth and building a sound foundation for profitable project teams is a lasting strategy.

You will hear:
  • The top 3 reasons that most projects fail
  • Key elements of an environment that successfully change your teams’ ability to work together
  • Specific actions that you, your management staff and the technologists that execute can take
  • The measurements that demonstrate progress of the organization as teams become more productive

Imperial V

John Hoffler, Manager, IT UNIX Engineering, BB&T, Inc.

George Dolicker, CISO, INC Research/inVentiv Health

Lori Fuller, General Counsel, NC Dept. of IT

Teena Piccione, SVP Enterprise Technology, Fidelity Investments

Big Data is the collection and use of massive amounts of data. It is used to capture, analyze, and exploit information, while also enabling access to data that compromises an individual's privacy. This can happen either deliberately or inadvertently. Either way, Big Data fosters a discussion of ethical issues relative to the sharing and usage of data. There are fine lines that separate the use and misuse of data, and some industry associations are addressing the issue head-on with ethical guidelines. Ethics is an organization-wide issue that requires the involvement of the board, the C-suite, managers, and ultimately employees.


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Advisory Council

  •  Frank Anastasio

    Frank Anastasio

    Global Knowledge

    Former CIO

  •  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

  •  Anthony Foust

    Anthony Foust

    United Therapeutics

    Director of Innovative Technologies - Infrastructure

  •  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


  •  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


  •  Bob Larimer

    Bob Larimer

    Boddie-Noell Enterprises

    VP of IS

  •  Rick Leggett

    Rick Leggett


    Chair, Corporate Advisory

  •  John Leydon

    John Leydon

    University of North Carolina

    VP & CIO

  •  Michael Lubak

    Michael Lubak

    Lord Corp.

    Director Business & IT

  •  Duncan McGrew

    Duncan McGrew

    RTP - SIM Chapter Board

    Membership Chair

  •  Darryl Meeks

    Darryl Meeks

    One Voice Data


  •  Connie Pearcy

    Connie Pearcy

    CREO, Inc.


  •  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


  •  Ron Ridge

    Ron Ridge


    Former CIO

  •  Don Riley

    Don Riley


    Director of IT, Americas

  •  Chris Romano

    Chris Romano

    Ward and Smith, PA

    Former CIO

  •  Rich Santoriello

    Rich Santoriello

    Butterball, LLC

    IT Director

  •  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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