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

25 Advisors

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

5 Sponsors

Premier would like to extend a special thank you to the 2018 sponsors of this event.

89 Organizations

These organizations have appointed one or more senior level executives to attend South Florida CIO Forum.


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

  •  John Bruno

    John Bruno

    Broward County

    CIO, Enterprise Technology Division (ETS)

  •  Dave Chatterjee

    Dave Chatterjee

    Senior Editor, Journal of Organizational Computing & Electronic Commerce

    Associate Professor, The University of Georgia

  •  Patricia Coffey

    Patricia Coffey

    Former SVP & Group CIO, Allstate Insurance Company

    Faculty, Lake Forest Graduate School of Management

  •  Elizabeth Decker

    Elizabeth Decker

    Cross Country Healthcare, Inc.

    Director, IT Enabled Services Operations

  •  Bianca Diosdado

    Bianca Diosdado

    Octagon Talent Solutions


  •  Patric Edmondson

    Patric Edmondson

    Modern Medicine

    Senior Vice President

  •  Justin Gesso

    Justin Gesso


    Director of Product Marketing & Strategy

  •  Michelle Goebel

    Michelle Goebel

    Inspired Intent

    Chief Inspiration Officer

  •  Laszlo Gonc

    Laszlo Gonc

    MVP Advisory Group LLC


  •  Stuart Kippelman

    Stuart Kippelman

    Biotest Pharmaceuticals Corporation

    Interim CIO

  •  Claire Marrero

    Claire Marrero

    President, ITWomen

    CEO, The Talent Source

  •  Wesley McPherson

    Wesley McPherson

    Info-Tech Research Group

    Research Director

  •  Sharon Moura

    Sharon Moura

    Johnson Controls

    VP, Commercial Excellence Enablement

  •  Joseph Pucciarelli

    Joseph Pucciarelli


    Group VP & IT Executive Advisor

  •  James Rutt

    James Rutt

    The Dana Foundation


  •  Kevin Ryan

    Kevin Ryan

    Regional Leadership Forum

    National Director

  •  Mary Schneider

    Mary Schneider

    Talent Inspirations, LLC

    Chief Learning Officer & Managing Partner

  •  Robert Siciliano

    Robert Siciliano Inc



February 21, 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.

John Bruno, CIO, Enterprise Technology Division (ETS), Broward County

Elizabeth Decker, Director, IT Enabled Services Operations, Cross Country Healthcare, Inc.

Royal Palm Salon 5

Sharon Moura, VP, Commercial Excellence Enablement, Johnson Controls

We have all read the books and attended the training on Change Management. We know how important it is to do it right to get the most out of our technology investments and organization transformations. We communicate and we train but it is never seems enough. More power points and more training is not the answer. In this talk we discuss:
  • Why CIOs are making Change a top focus for them and their team
  • The learnings from neuroscience that will help us think about and approach change differently
  • The project is not over when it is over if you want to drive adoption

Royal Palm Salon 5

Royal Palm Salon 5

Bianca Diosdado, CEO, Octagon Talent Solutions

Patric Edmondson, Senior Vice President, Modern Medicine

Justin Gesso, Director of Product Marketing & Strategy, BETSOL

Stuart Kippelman, Interim CIO, Biotest Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Claire Marrero, CEO, The Talent Source, President, ITWomen

This panel will discuss the future IT workforce trends and implications in detail.

Royal Palm Salon 5

Dave Chatterjee, Associate Professor, The University of Georgia, Senior Editor, Journal of Organizational Computing & Electronic Commerce

Life aboard a nuclear submarine is rough. A recent article on the just-launched USS South Dakota describes how 135 sailors have to take turns sleeping, as there are only 94 beds. Space is at a premium on this high-tech vessel with the dining room doubling up as an operating theater, and the torpedo room becoming the exercise and sleeping area. Getting used to a life of indistinguishable night and day, working and sleeping at odd hours, learning to make your way through narrow walkways without running into others, and maintaining a quiet and peaceful environment is not easy. It also requires great discipline and loyalty to strictly follow protocols and procedures that govern behavior during and after work hours. The service personnel operate in a culture of high-performance expectations where mistakes and failures can be catastrophic. Admiral Hyman Rickover, the father of the US Nuclear Navy, is credited with creating and sustaining such a high-reliability organization (HRO) that has an exemplary zero-failure track record over its sixty-plus year existence. The principles at the heart of this highly successful Nuclear Navy culture are integrity, depth of knowledge, procedural compliance, forceful backup, questioning attitude, and formality in communications.

The purpose of this talk is to share findings from a research project that builds on the HRO principles to guide cyber security practices. The study draws on the current body of knowledge as well as insights from expert interviews to validate the success factors. The research question driving the study is: How does an organization earn and maintain customer trust amid growing concerns of data safety and security? The overall goal is to help firms become and remain highly reliable.

Caribbean Palm A

Wesley McPherson, Research Director, Info-Tech Research Group

IT can often feel like an unwinnable game, with limited resources, changing priorities, multiple stakeholders and increased demands. Too often, IT leaders must make decisions with insufficient information and without knowing the true effect on the business. Info-Tech’s framework removes the guesswork from what makes the business happy and predicts the impact of key decisions before they happen.

Info-Tech will walk you through the 3 real drivers of business satisfaction, and help IT leaders navigate a world in which:
  • Only 28% of Business Leaders are satisfied with the performance of IT
  • 67% of CIOs are not aligned with executives on the role of IT

Caribbean Palm B

Kevin Ryan, National Director, Regional Leadership Forum

For 25 years now SIM has sponsored one of the most impactful leadership development programs in the industry. Leadership is about people and RLF, the Regional Leadership Forum has helped people become leaders in all aspects of their lives - company, industry, family, and community. This session will give you an overview of the RLF Learning Model, why it is so relevant, the advantages for both sponsor and participant, and what is the future for RLF Graduates beginning in 2018.

Royal Palm Salon 5

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?

Royal Palm Salon 5

James Rutt, CIO, The Dana Foundation

The rate of change in technology over the past decade has been intense and has had far reaching impacts to the present day in every sector of the enterprise. There is much to consider in terms of newly emerging technologies as well as future tech that may mean the difference in competitive advantage to your organization. In this presentation we will examine:
  • Possible future impacts of cutting edge technologies making their mark in the enterprise today
  • Possible impact of Future technologies not yet on the enterprise stage, in order to gain a great understanding of where the greatest benefits may be extracted, as well as where potential pitfalls may lie
  • Other trends shaping enterprise computing in the near future

Michelle Goebel, Chief Inspiration Officer, Inspired Intent

What do the Executives & Employees at Google, Salesforce, Linked-In and Twitter have in common? They’ve learned to harness the power of deep meditation. Harvard Business School indicates that meditation and intuition are the most powerful tools for 21st century executives. So why is this a higher priority for agile CIOs and their teams? Challenged by the demand to effectively lead your IT Team and to do EVERYTHING faster. Hire faster. Make decisions faster. Turn deliverables faster. Respond to customer requests faster. Develop software faster…Working 24 x 7 x 365 can be overwhelming. During this session, discover how evidence-based tools of deep meditation and mindfulness can help to reduce stress, boost brainpower and productivity, foster a collaborative work environment and accelerate organizational agility. All essential keys to elevate your always-on organization and expand your competitive edge. Discover insights and best practices for workplace meditation programs. Learn about the Neuroscience of a Leader’s brain. Experience interactive group meditation and mindfulness exercises.

Caribbean Palm B

Robert Siciliano, CEO, Inc

Every few seconds, someone’s identity is stolen because data is breached, computers are hacked, credit cards are compromised—and often, as a result, reputations are ruined. When this happens, fingers point at IT, other employees or problem clients. The fact is, the system we function under, combined with the conveniences of technology, is set up to fail due to flawed tech or simple scams. And unless employee and consumer behavior is fundamentally altered, it’s just a matter of time before those very employees and consumers all become victims. 

You will learn:
  • Why we fall for the same old tricks over and over again—and how to stop the cycle once and for all
  • The difference between security awareness and security appreciation
  • How you can use various tools to ensure the data that criminals want are impossible to get
  • The implications of using social media, for individuals and businesses

Caribbean Palm A

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.

Caribbean Palm B

Mary Schneider, Chief Learning Officer & Managing Partner, Talent Inspirations, LLC

As a leader, you play a key role in creating and fostering an environment where all employees feel engaged. The boundaries of what makes an inclusive work environment are continually evolving. Join this interactive session to learn more about the enablers and restrainers that affect your bottom line. In addition, you will leave with a greater understanding of:
  • How to build a culturally competent organization
  • The shifting boundaries and the impact on your teams; “Just Kidding” won’t cut it anymore
  • Styles and strategies that you can immediately implement to be a more inclusive leader
  • The C-Suite’s role and how cultural competency improves your bottom line

Royal Palm Salon 5

Royal Palm Salon 5

Patricia Coffey, Faculty, Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, Former SVP & Group CIO, Allstate Insurance Company

Your CEO says you/your company needs to be more innovative.  Your industry is being attacked by non-traditional competitors and you need to respond to survive.  You have a vision to create significant business value at your company.  Whatever the reason, it’s likely you’re thinking about how to be more innovative.  In this session we’ll explore what it takes to create and lead innovative teams.  Utilizing her experience in delivering many innovative technology solutions at Allstate Insurance, Pat Coffey, former SVP and Group CIO at Allstate will discuss techniques to amp up your innovation potential.
Welcome to the South Florida 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 South Florida SIM Chapter. Stay, chat, and enjoy yourself! 

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Advisory Council

  •  Deepak Agarwal

    Deepak Agarwal

    School District of Palm Beach County


  •  Roger Barranco

    Roger Barranco

    Prolexic Technologies

    VP Service Delivery

  •  Connie Barrera

    Connie Barrera

    Jackson Health System

    CISO & Corporate Director

  •  John Bruno

    John Bruno

    Broward County

    CIO, Enterprise Technology Division (ETS)

  •  Teresa Colon

    Teresa Colon

    Akamai Technologies, Inc.

    Practice Manager

  •  Mark Cornwell

    Mark Cornwell

    Netsurion, LLC


  •  Rick Coro

    Rick Coro



  •  Jason Davis

    Jason Davis

    Johnson Controls

    VP, IT ePMO

  •  Elizabeth Decker

    Elizabeth Decker

    Cross Country Healthcare, Inc.

    Director, IT Enabled Services Operations

  •  Enrique Gracia

    Enrique Gracia

    South Florida Water Management District


  •  Christopher Houser

    Christopher Houser


    Sr. Director IT

  •  Tery Howard

    Tery Howard

    Miami Dolphins

    SVP & CTO

  •  Martin Ingram

    Martin Ingram

    Arise Virtual Solutions, Inc.

    SVP & CIO

  •  Ann Joyce

    Ann Joyce

    Chico's FAS, Inc.

    EVP & CIO

  •  Michael Korbini

    Michael Korbini

    Royal Caribbean

    Former QA Testing & Certification Manager

  •  Will Lassalle

    Will Lassalle

    JLS Technology USA


  •  Renan Llanes

    Renan Llanes

    Citrus Health Network, Inc.


  •  Claire Marrero

    Claire Marrero

    President, ITWomen

    CEO, The Talent Source

  •  Al Moyer

    Al Moyer

    Royal Caribbean International

    IT Infrastructure Manager

  •  Duane Piper

    Duane Piper

    South Florida Water Management District


  •  Greg Taffet

    Greg Taffet

    US Gas & Electric


  •  Jennifer Torlone

    Jennifer Torlone

    Willis Lease Finance Corporation

    VP IT

  •  Johann Vaz

    Johann Vaz

    Biotest Pharmaceuticals Corporation

    VP of IT & CIO

  •  Tom West

    Tom West

    Nova Southeastern University


  •  Patrick Wright

    Patrick Wright

    South Florida SIM Chapter



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


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