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2020 Dallas Hybrid CIO Executive Leadership Summit

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Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX

Reimagining the Business and the Future of Work

As regional economies gradually open up, many executives believe that both business and the nature of work will change forever. In order to support the business effectively, CIOs and technology executives need to help reimagine and reinvent the business and help the CEO and line-of-business leaders identify new opportunities in core, parallel and new markets. Technology executives also must work with the executive team to identify what the future of work looks like and provide the infrastructure and tools necessary to support this new way of working.

In this Hybrid Summit - which blends a small number of in-person speakers and attendees on location then is broadcast out to a wider audience - top technology executives will share their advice on the roles that CIOs and tech leaders can play in reshaping the business and the future of work.

  • Renee Arrington
    President and COO
    Pearson Partners International, Inc.

    • Renee Arrington offers clients over 20 years’ experience in retained executive search. She excels in recruiting senior executive talent for Fortune 500 companies, private-equity-backed businesses and not-for-profit organizations. She is a member of the Pearson Partners board of directors and leads the firm’s Fort Worth office and CIO and IT leadership practice with clients in technology, retail, financial services, business services, distribution and R&D. Renee conducts searches for board members, presidents and executive directors among other senior leadership positions.
    • Renee was named one of the top 40 Gatekeepers to the C-Suite by Hunt Scanlon Media, a search industry analyst. She is an active member of IIC Partners and the Association for Executive Search Consultants (AESC).
    • Renee is attentive to diversity and believes a well-run search can deliver market insight. Renee appreciates the value of using assessment instruments as part of the search.Prior to joining Pearson Partners in 2006, Renee was a vice president in the technology practice of a global retained search firm, and was previously a shareholder and partner in the technology practice of another global firm.
    • In addition to serving on Pearson Partners’ board of directors, Renee serves on the board of directors of IIC Partners, one of the world’s top 10 executive search organizations, with 50 offices in 35 countries (Pearson Partners is a member of IIC Partners). Additionally, she serves on the boards of directors of the Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM), the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) North Texas Chapter and the Foundation for the Young Women’s Leadership Academy in Fort Worth, where she serves as chairman of the board. She is an executive committee member of Dallas Executive Women’s Roundtable (EWR) and a member of Fort Worth’s Women Steering Business (WSB). Renee has previously served on the board of North Texas Public Broadcasting (NPR Affiliate) and was board chairman of the YWCA of both Fort Worth and Tarrant Counties and the Fort Worth Westside YMCA.
    • Renee was honored with the Association of Executive Search & Leadership Consultants’ prestigious Commitment to the Community Award in 2018, recognizing her excellence in executive search and leadership consulting together with her strong commitment to community service and volunteerism toward charitable causes. She has been selected as a 2018 C-Suite Award Winner by the Fort Worth Business Press for her business leadership as well as the civic and social contributions she has made to the community of Fort Worth and its organizations.
    • Renee is a frequent speaker at the HMG Strategy CIO Summits around the country, and is a prolific business writer, having written a monthly column for CIO Decisions magazine and been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, CareerJournal.com, IT World, Network World and Business Process Outsourcing: The Competitive Advantage (Wiley 2005). She was honored among the finalists in D CEO’s 2016 CIO/CTO Awards in the Technology Advocate category.
    • Renee earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Trinity University and studied at Parsons School of Design in Paris. She and her husband, Michael, live in Fort Worth.

  • Colleen Berube

    Colleen Berube is a Digital and Business Model Transformation Leader who assists companies in navigating the changing technology landscape and its implications for the market as well as inside the enterprise.  She has nearly two decades of experience in IT leadership, strategy, IT innovation, enterprise software and business consultation.  Colleen is known for her ability to successfully navigate complex business transitions, to elevate and leverage IT as a differentiator, and to build amazing teams that surpass expectations. 

    Colleen was previously an Executive in Residence with PwC where she works on various commercial and internal initiatives providing ‘the voice of the client.’  Prior to PwC, Colleen was Vice President of IT for Adobe Systems, where she was responsible for all business systems, e-commerce and information management.  She was responsible for the strategic direction and delivery of the Adobe’s large-scale transformation to the Subscription Economy. She led a global engineering organization that is redefined IT’s role as a SaaS enabler driving key changes including the move from Data to Digital, from Product to Customer focus, from Orders to Subscriptions, in delivering Agility for Product Engineering. She has also held executive level IT roles at Cisco Systems, Palm and SAP.

    She is a Board Director for The Institute for Human and Social Development (IHSD), a non-profit organization providing early childhood education and services to the high need pre-school children and their families.  She is also a member of the Nominating Committee for the Anita Borg Institute Technical Leadership Award and an active member of the Athena Alliance supporting women impacting at the highest levels of leadership. She holds a BA from State University at Potsdam, NY, and a MBA is from the University of North Florida.


  • Nellson Burns
    VP IT & CIO
    Daltile-Mohawk Industries

    Nellson Burns moved to Dallas in 2007 from Houston to become Holly Corporation’s Vice President of Information Technology.  Holly Corporation is an independent petroleum refiner and marketer producing high-value products such as gasoline, diesel and jet fuel as well as specialty lubricants, oil and waxes.  Holly has major refinery operations New Mexico, Utah and Oklahoma that drive revenues above 8 billion dollars per year.  Nellson, a rising star in the Metroplex IT community, was recruited by Holly for this role at the age of 32.  Nellson helped complete the successful implementation of a comprehensive SAP software suite in 2007.  When Holly acquired two significant refineries within seven months in 2009 and doubled its refining capacity, Nellson successfully spearheaded the rapid business and technology integration efforts, including integrating the new refineries into SAP with a 4 week period.  He will get the chance to leverage these integration skills again, as Holly plans to merge with Frontier Oil Corporation in the early 3rdquarter this year.  Prior to joining Holly, Nellson was with Ernst & Young’s, then CapGemini’s, Oil & Gas SAP practice for nine years, were he “refined” his IT leadership skills.  Nellson serves as a member of the SIM DFW Chapter Board, and is the chairman of the global advisory council for SAP’s for Oil & Gas sector.  He is also on the advisory board for the Terry Foundation, the state’s largest private source of full academic scholarships.

  • Patricia Connolly
    CEO, Founding Partner
    SMC Squared

    Patricia Connolly, PhD, draws on nearly three decades of executive, IT and academic leadership to create and implement SMC2’s strategy, vision and mission.  Her cross-industry experience building and leading high-performing IT teams, leveraging global talent, and mitigating corporate risk enables Connolly to understand intimately the unique challenges faced by SMC2 clients and to develop solutions that provide immediate results and long-term flexibility and innovation.  Connolly’s functional expertise includes IT strategy, risk management, LEAN operations, systems development and vendor management, but she is particularly passionate about people—recruiting, mentoring, building and retaining highly skilled and engaged teams.  This unique combination of skill and passion helps fuel SMC2’s employee-based, insource methodology.

  • Jamey Cummings
    Senior Client Partner
    Korn Ferry

    Jamey Cummings is a Senior Client Partner in Korn Ferry’s Global Technology Practice. He co-lead’s the Firm’s Global Cybersecurity Practice and is also a member of the Firm’s Information Officers Practice.

    Mr. Cummings is a recognized leader in advising organizations on the recruitment, assessment, development, and retention of information technology as well as information security & risk management talent at all levels, including the Board of Directors. His clients range from large global corporations to high growth entrepreneurial companies, spanning all industries. In addition to Chief Information Officers, Chief Information Security Officers, and their key leaders, he also recruits cybersecurity consultants for leading professional services firms as well as top executives for cybersecurity technology companies and managed security services providers. He is based in the Firm’s Dallas office.

    Prior to Korn Ferry, Mr. Cummings served as an associate principal in the industrial, supply chain, and transportation & logistics practices of another leading executive search firm, where he executed senior executive search assignments for both public and private equity-backed companies. He also served clients in the consumer & retail, technology, government & defense, biotechnology, and education sectors.

    Prior to his career in executive search, Mr. Cummings was a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group in Dallas, where he worked on a wide variety of projects with clients in the aerospace & defense, consumer finance, telecommunications, oil & gas, pharmaceuticals, healthcare and education industries.
    Earlier in his career, he served nine years with distinction as an officer in the U.S. Navy's SEAL teams.

    He earned a master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University, and graduated with merit with a bachelor of science in aeronautical engineering from The United States Naval Academy.

  • John Dalton
    Managing Partner
    McDonald Dalton Capital Partners, L.L.C.

    McDonald Dalton Capital Partners, L.L.C.  (2011 – Present) - Managing Partner

    The Company operates as a Sell-Side Investment Bank. (www.mdcp-llc.com) - Mr. Dalton responsibilities include the company’s technology and energy operations. His duties include securing buyers for profitable private clients with revenues ranging from $25M to $500M. Mr. Dalton manages the Houston, Texas office. 

    Zeteky, Inc. (July 2014 to Present) Chairman & CEO – (www.zeteky.com) - Through its investment vehicle, Resurgent Energy, llc, Mr. Dalton and other key investors made a strategic investment during July of 2014 in iThinQware, Inc., subsequently CloseWatch Technologies, Inc., and today Zeteky, Inc. 

    Zeteky has enjoyed substantial success in developing and deploying its products and services in law enforcement, schools, the U.S. Army and in the private sector. Zeteky’s product lines give Voice to the often-quoted phase “See Something – Say Something”. 

    The Company’s dynamic App for law enforcement gathers information from the public and transmits it to the CloseWatch dashboard. This enables law-enforcement clients to manage tips received ranging from terroristic threats, to human trafficking, and to everyday criminal activities. 

    The App and Dashboard provides on-the-fly translation capabilities in 108 languages coupled with state-of-the-art, military-grade geospatial location capabilities. 

    The Company’s App has applications in schools throughout the country helping school staff and administrators receive critical information concerning weapons, drug activity and other serious issues while allowing information on bullying and other inappropriate behavior to flow to the proper individuals. 

    The school App in use in North Carolina has aided in the referral of numerous teen suicides cases to the Teen Suicide Prevention Hotline . It has also been primarily responsible for the arrest, conviction and incarceration of a teacher/pedophile involved with a minor aged student.

    Zeteky’s customized apps has been effectively used in the United State Army Materiel Command for base security and supply management. The Company has developed FirstHand, a safety observations and incident reporting app which is used in the energy industry.

    Dalton Creations, L.L.C. (1999-2012) Managing Partner of a privately held entity, (www.daltoncreations.com) involved in locating and funding public and private investment opportunities as well as providing executive leadership to companies where he held ownership interest. Dalton Creations also partnered with Capital Alliance from 2001to 2011 performing investment banking services to clients selling their companies. At Dalton Creations, Mr. Dalton led the hostile take-over of Calypso Wireless, (Nasdaq CLYW) a company that developed key aspects of today’s wireless mobile convergent capabilities. 

    WorldPort Communications, Inc. (1990-1999)

    Mr. Dalton was President and Chief Executive Officer of WorldPort Communications, Inc. (“WorldPort”) an international communications company involved in trans-Atlantic fiber-ownership, domestic and international switching operations, operator services and technology based communications solutions for the international tele-communications industry.  Mr. Dalton was responsible for WorldPort’s technology strategy enabling international call re-origination from low-cost countries to high-cost countries around the globe.  As co-founder of WorldPort, Mr. Dalton participated in raising $250 million in capital, and led the development and implementation of the company’s business strategies. During his tenure WorldPort created $350 million in market capitalization (Nasdaq-WRDP) for the stockholders of the company.  WorldPort was sold in a private transaction to Energsis of London, England during 1999 for $570M. 

    From 1976 to 1990, Mr. Dalton was sole owner of a successful permanent and temporary employment company in Houston, Texas (sold 1990).  Mr. Dalton served as Internal Audit Director for Anderson Clayton (Quaker Oats/Seven Seas Foods) from 1969-1971, Controller/Associate Publisher of World Tennis Magazine from 1971-1973 and served as Controller for Buttes Gas & Oil a domestic oil and gas company and as International Controller for its subsidiary - Progress Drilling & Marine, Inc., a sixty-rig international drilling operation. (1973-1976)


    Texas Tech University – BBA in Public Administration/minor in accounting (1970)

    University of Houston - Advanced accounting hours (1970-1974).

  • Greg Ericson
    SVP & CIO
    Essilor of America

    Greg Ericson is the SVP and CIO Essilor of America as well as the Chief Executive of Optical Lab Software Solutions, one of the company’s business units. He is responsible for leading the company’s entry into a new integrated customer offering with a suite of commercial optical cloud products including Ask About Your Eyes, Frame Dream, Uprise and Optuitive. Since joining Essilor, Greg has led the IT department to a 30 percent increase in overall customer satisfaction.

    Prior to joining Essilor, Greg served as Chief Innovation and Technology Officer for Press Ganey Associates where he oversaw the introduction of market leading integrated and guided analytics for the healthcare industry.  He led the introduction of master patient indexing technology which enabled the correlation of patient satisfaction scores with clinical outcome measures, and delivered clients a longitudinal view of performance.

    He was also CIO at The Broadlane Group, Smith & Nephew, and Home Shopping Network. Greg currently serves on the board of an Austin based tech company and is actively involved in the Essilor Vision Foundation, UT Dallas Advisory Board, and MentorNet. Greg was recognized as the DFW CIO of the year 2018.

  • Chris Gates
    Chief Technology Officer


  • William Gordon
    BlockQAI, LLC

  • John Iannarelli
    Former FBI Special Agent and Senior Executive Advisor

    John G. Iannarelli recently retired from the FBI after more than 20 years of service, during which he was a member of the SWAT Team and participated in the investigations of the Oklahoma City Bombing, the 9/11 attack, and the Congresswoman Gabriel Giffords shooting.  John previously served at FBI Headquarters as their national spokesperson and on the Cyber Division Executive staff.  In Phoenix, John was the Cyber squad supervisor before promotion to Assistant Special Agent in Charge, the number two position overseeing all Criminal, Cyber, and Counter Intelligence investigations throughout Arizona.  John has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Computer Science for his contributions to the field of cyber investigations.

    John is the author of several other books, to include Why Teens Fail and What to Fix, a parents’ guide to protecting their children from Internet predators and other dangers, and Information Governance Security, how businesses can protect their sensitive data from loss or compromise.  His recently released How to Stop A Terrorist, is a guide for the average person to recognize and help prevent terrorism. John is a highly sought after speaker and has presented to Fortune 500 companies, domestic and international audiences, the United Nations, and the Vatican where he met personally with Pope Francis to discuss the evolution of cyber crime.

    A former San Diego Police Officer and a graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law, to include studies of international criminal and civil law at Oxford, England, John is also an attorney admitted to the practice of law in California, Maryland and the District of Columbia. He is currently a private consultant, whose clients have included the both the FBI and a national professional sports league.

  • Steve Kendrick
    KER Partners

    Steve Kendrick is President of KER Partners, LLC.  His background includes over 25 years of successful retained executive search industry and corporate recruitment professional experience. This experience includes leading successful search engagements and client relationships across commercial industry segments including financial services, payment systems, consumer retail, online-eCommerce, logistics-transportation, industrial, pharmaceutical and healthcare.  He has served industry leading clients including global Fortune 500 multinationals, mid-cap-mid-market public/private firms, as well as private equity backed portfolio companies.

    Prior to KER Partners, Steve was a partner at Heidrick & Struggles’ Dallas office and a key member of the firm’s global Information Technology Officers Practice.  He was also a Principal at Spencer Stuart and an Executive Director at Russell Reynolds Associates previously. He also served as president of a Dallas-based retained executive search boutique specializing in recruiting IT executive leaders and CIOs.

    Prior to entering executive search, Steve spent six years with EDS Corporation, performing both technical and professional recruiting, as well as providing recruitment training and counsel on employment-related issues.  He began his career as a district manager with PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay, where he was responsible for sales management and operations.

    Steve is an active speaker and panelist at key industry forums on topics including executive IT leadership development, career management and succession planning.  He is a member of the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) and the Society for Information Management (SIM).

    Steve earned his undergraduate degree in business from Jacksonville State University in Alabama, along with graduate studies at the University of Texas in Dallas.


  • Rusty Kennington
    Corsicana Mattress Company

    Rusty Kennington is a technology executive with a career spanning more than 25 years and multiple industries. He has worked in Fortune 500, private, and startup organizations. He has been responsible for global technology teams spanning North and South America, Europe and Asia.

    Rusty was recently recruited to be the CIO for Corsicana Mattress Company, to help fuel significant business growth and transformation. He brings with him a track record of game-changing results most recently at Commercial Metals, where he led the Americas IT organization. While there, his team deployed the industry-leading e-commerce platform, global analytics capabilities, and integrated operational platforms across vertical business units. His team also had responsibility for leading all technology aspects of M&A activity.

    Previously, Rusty was Vice President of Enterprise IT for Brinker International, the $4B owner of Chili’s, On The Border, Maggiano’s and Macaroni Grill. He also held leadership positions at Ernst and Young and MCI, and cofounded a successful software solution delivery company.

    Rusty received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and completed the graduate finance program at Southern Methodist University. Rusty currently serves as a member of the SIM DFW Chapter Board.

    Rusty also spent 6 years on the Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters and is well into his second decade as a Big Brother in that program.


  • Justin Koplow
    Senior Legal Counsel and Data Protection Officer

    Justin Koplow is a Senior Legal Counsel and Data Protection Officer (DPO) for AT&T Communications and AT&T Corporate. In these roles, Justin supports AT&T’s global privacy program, including compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Justin advises customer-facing and internal business units on matters such as honoring individual rights, implementing privacy by design, and structuring cross-border transfers of personal data.

    Justin is also an adjunct professor at the SMU Dedman School of Law, where he teaches a course on comparative global privacy as reflected in the program Black Mirror. Justin was appointed to the Texas Privacy Protection Advisory Council in 2019 to study state, U.S., and foreign privacy law and offer recommendations to the Texas legislature in support of improving protection of Texans’ privacy.

    Justin previously served as legal counsel within the U.S. Intelligence Community, including for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). Justin is a graduate of Georgetown University and earned his Juris Doctor from Georgetown Law.

  • Beni Lopez
    Managing Director, Industrial & US Market

    Beni Lopez joined Softtek in 1989 and today holds a dual role as Managing Director for Softtek’s Industrial vertical, as well as the company’s US market. Beni and his team are strengthening the company's capabilities to help clients across the globe in the Industrial sector apply technology to their value chains to evolve their business.  Prior to Softtek’s vertical restructuring, Beni held the role of Chief Globalization Officer, where he directed and coordinated the firm’s global accounts strategy.

    Beni joined Softtek in 1989 and has played a central role in defining and executing Softtek’s technology developments, in addition to the company’s globalization and growth strategies. He is experienced in leading innovative new offerings, directing Softtek’s globalization efforts and establishing long lasting partnerships with Softtek’s largest clients. Furthermore, Beni mentored the concept of Neashore™ services, pioneered by Softtek in 1997, expanding Softtek’s frontiers first to the US market and later to other global locations, including China. 

    Beni holds a Computer Systems Engineering degree from Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores in Monterrey, Mexico, and has been a speaker and panelist for numerous outsourcing and offshore/nearshore conferences around the world.

  • Andrew Macaulay
    Topgolf Entertainment Group

    Andrew Macaulay is responsible for the development of all technology solutions that enhance the guest experience. He leads the activation of next-generation Topgolf games while streamlining back-office operations.

    Prior to Topgolf, he served as CIO at WesTower Communications, a leader in the cell tower construction and maintenance business. He is also the former CIO at Clearwire Communications, the company that built the first-ever 4G wireless network in the U.S. There, he transformed the cost, quality, engagement and output of the IT Department.

    He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and operations research from the University of Leeds in England and a MBA from Baylor University in Texas.

    Andrew is from the U.K. near Watford, the home of the first Topgolf location. Today, Andrew and his wife reside in Dallas. They have three sons who generate an inconceivable amount of academic, music, acting, singing and sports activities. When any spare time remains, Andrew loves to play golf.

  • Russ Medina
    Executive Director

    Russ is the Executive Director for NPower Texas, a nonprofit whose mission is to create pathways to economic prosperity by launching digital careers for young adults, military veterans and veterans’ spouses.  He is responsible for leading the program direction and strategic growth agenda for impact and expansion throughout Texas. This includes engaging and collaborating with Federal, State, Veterans Support Organizations, communities and businesses to support, guide and train veterans and their spouses for careers in technology. 

    NPower has impacted over 4,000 young adults, and 1,200 Veterans and Veterans Spouses. Recently, the Governor of Texas cited NPower with a Proclamation for its dedicated Apprenticeship and Workforce efforts.  In January of 2019, Russ was recognized by D CEO as the Outstanding Technology Advocate at the CIO/CTO Awards.

    Russ is a seasoned professional with decades of leadership experience in building and growing technology companies. He has contributed in a variety of roles with startup and fortune 500 companies. Prior to joining NPower, Russ led the development and deployment of 5 technology solutions across a global logistics and mobility company.  These new industry leading mobility solutions were responsible for winning new contracts totaling over $200M with customers such as Microsoft, Comcast, Nike, Amazon, Google,  and several NFL Teams. 

    As an entrepreneur, Russ raised $19.9M to fund a startup that built a nationwide broadband network for Northpoint Communications, a former Verizon company. Subsequently, in 2000, the Wall Street Journal recognized the company as Startup of the Year.

    In the US Army, Russ was selected by US Special Operations Command to be the career manager for approximately 9.990 officers.  As a Project Manager for Advanced Systems and Research and Development for USSOCOM, Russ launched the initial phase of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), and ruggedized deployable media production and communications vehicle. 

    Russ is an advocate for other non-profits such as the American Legion, 22Kill, USO, Women Veterans in Technology, SIM, PMI, AUSA, ESGR, Allies in Service, CitySquare, and the United Way.  He is focused on helping veterans and their spouses successfully transition into new civilian careers.

    Russ Medina served as both as an enlisted soldier and officer.  He served as an Infantry Commander and he is a qualified Airborne Ranger. He received his commission from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY.  Russ and his wife Lorie live in Frisco, TX, and have 5 children and 7 grandchildren.  

  • Sherif Mityas
    Chief Experience Officer
    TGI Fridays

    Sherif Mityas is the Chief Experience Officer for TGI FRIDAYS with oversight for the Brand’s Strategy, Marketing, Operations, Technology and Digital efforts. Mr. Mityas has more than 20 years’ experience in the retail and hospitality industries in both senior consulting and executive industry roles.

    Prior to joining TGI FRIDAYS, Mr. Mityas served as the Managing Partner for JS Consulting and as the Chief Executive Officer for Hollywood Video/Movie Gallery.
    Mr. Mityas received a B.S. degree in aerospace engineering from Boston University, a M.S. in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and an M.B.A. from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

  • Jana Monroe
    VP Global Security and Enterprise Risk Management

    As Vice President of Global Security for Herbalife, Jana Monroe is responsible for all security functions throughout the company, including Executive Protection, Physical and Cybersecurity, Employee, Facility, and Property security, Investigations, Safety, Business Continuity and Crisis Response.

    Jana joined Herbalife from the multi-billion dollar electric utility company, Southern California Edison Company (SCE), where she was the Chief Security Officer charged with transforming security services for SCE, a major part of the key national infrastructure.  Business Resiliency was her responsibility, including the creation and management of SCE’s Emergency Operation’s Center; Threat Management Program; Information Asset Security; Intelligence and Risk Analysis; Investigations; and Executive Protection. Jana also assumed a leadership role in developing external partnerships with federal, state, and local law enforcement, in addition to forging public/private alliances with security entities in all facets of private industry. 

    Before entering the corporate arena, Jana had a distinguished 22-year career in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). She held a variety of field investigative and operational roles across the U.S., including five plus years as a “Criminal Profiler” at Quantico, VA. Her career culminated with Jana pioneering as one of few women in the FBI Executive Leadership ranks. She served as Special Agent in Charge (SAC) in Phoenix, Arizona and Los Angeles, California, two of the largest FBI field offices in the U.S.; and was the first Assistant Director of the FBI Cyber Division, based in Washington D.C.;  

    Jana’s awards and recognition include Security 500 Organization (and magazine) 2012 award as One of Five Most Influential Chief Security Officers (CSO) in the United States; inclusion on Information Security magazine’s list of top ten Cybersecurity Leaders in the United States; and YWCA Top Ten Women of the Year.

  • Kevin Mowry
    VP Software Development - Digital
    GM Financial

    Kevin is a technology leader in the GM Financial Digital organization, delivering modern mobile apps, web services, and data that enable our digital customer experience.  Kevin is a passionate advocate of Agile, Secure DevOps, and public clouds to achieve operational excellence and enable the team to deliver value at the speed of business.

  • Hunter Muller
    President & CEO
    HMG Strategy

    Hunter Muller is a charismatic industry pioneer and a modern-day Renaissance Man. As a global C-suite advisor and coach for the past 30 years, Hunter’s insights and concepts have been successfully applied by Fortune 1000 organizations worldwide to accelerate executive performance, propel the career ascent of C-level executives, and to drive transformative innovation and create new waves of value.

    Hunter is the President and CEO of HMG Strategy, LLC, the largest independent, objective, transparent and collaborative executive network in the world. HMG focuses on innovation and breakthrough strategies for core, parallel and new markets while studying the most successful organizations eco-systems and platforms such as Amazon and Microsoft.

    HMG Strategy is the provider of thought leadership and networking events for CIOs, CISOs, and senior technology executives. HMG Strategy offers a unique, integrated model for enabling C-level executives and their companies to draw upon courageous leadership to reimagine, reinvent, and rebuild their business models to attain the genius-level thinking required in today’s dynamic business landscape to achieve competitive advantage in the digital frontier.

    Hunter's passion for the role of the technology executive in transforming the business is reflected in the 7 Pillars of Trust which embody HMG Strategy's unique business model.

    Complementing HMG Strategy’s world-renowned events is HMGNextVentures, a venture capital accelerator aimed at helping connect CIOs with the most innovative technology companies and entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley to Tel Aviv. HMG Strategy also partners with the world’s leading venture capital firms, including Amplify Partners, Greylock Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Sequoia Capital. HMG Strategy connects CEOs, CIOs, and other C-level executives with startup technologies backed by the leading VCs to identify opportunities for innovation and business transformation.

    Meanwhile, HMG Strategy’s award-winning Research Team advises the world’s technology companies such as Adobe, Nutanix, and Workday on branding, messaging, and Voice of the Customer strategies.

    Hunter has published five that draw from his extensive business experience: The Transformational CIO (Wiley, March 2011), On Top of the Cloud (Wiley, January 2012), Leading the Epic Revolution (Wiley, September 2013) and The Big Shift in IT Leadership (Wiley, July 2015) and The CEO of Technology (Wiley, January 2018). Hunter is now working on his sixth book: 'Enterprise 2025', which is slated to be published in January 2020. As a result, Hunter’s unique position of knowing the thoughts, challenges, and opportunities of the IT Leader, he is asked to speak at a variety of venues such as IBM’s Cloud Expo and on TheStreet.com.

    Hunter and HMG Strategy support a variety of charitable causes, including the American Cancer Society, Save the Children, and Year Up, and Hunter personally gives back his time and ideas as a member of the Executive Committee of the Fairfield/Westchester Chapter of the Society for Information Management.

    An intrepid international athlete, Hunter is an ardent yacht racer, a world-class skier, and an extreme fitness guru. Hunter is passionate about ocean and mountain adventures and spending time with his sons, Chase and Brice.

    Hunter earned a Bachelor of Science in the Babson College School of Management.

  • Sudhir Nair
    CIO & CTO

    Sudhir Nair is a Technology & Operations Leader and a distinguished speaker with more than 25 years in various technology & operations leadership roles. Sudhir is currently Chief Information & Technology Officer at LoanDepot, fast-growing national consumer lender, matches borrowers through technology and high-touch customer care with the credit they need to fuel their lives. Sudhir is responsible for technology strategy and operations. Sudhir Nair was previously Executive Vice President & CIO of Solutionstar/Xome. Sudhir was instrumental in turning Solutionstar to a technology driven company disrupting the industry with the first real estate marketplace “Homesearch.com” aka Xome.com. Sudhir lead the transformation and implementation of Solutionstar technology stack entirely on Cloud, Mobile and big data analytics, first of its kind in the banking and financial services industry. Prior to Solutionstar, Sudhir was Executive Vice President & Technology Executive at Bank of America for 11 years leading Bank of America’s consumer real estate technology teams in originating and servicing largest mortgage portfolio in the US. Sudhir led the largest merger integration and transformation of mortgage technology in the industry managing a global team supporting 15.6 million mortgages, the largest mortgage portfolio in the United States Sudhir’s experience include Executive roles in Operations & Technology at CitiGroup in Consumer Lending, and as Senior Vice President and eBusiness division Executive at Washington Mutual leading the first online banking site of the year in 2001 Sudhir’s experience spans working around the globe in Asia, Europe, Middle East & Africa and the United states in technology for the High Tech industry, Oil & Gas, Supply Chain & Retail, Banking & Financial Services and now Higher education Sudhir started his career with Hewlett Packard in their software R&D Labs as an operating system design engineer. Sudhir has a Bachelors in Computer Science Engineering from University of Madras. India and a Masters in Systems & Information from Birla Institute of Tech & Science, Pilani-India. Sudhir graduated in management program from Harvard Business School.

  • Trevor Schulze
    Global CIO

    Trevor Schulze Global Chief Information Officer As RingCentral's Chief Information Officer, Trevor Schulze provides strategic leadership to RingCentral’s global IT team in delivering a comprehensive portfolio of cloud first leading-edge technology services and solutions. Prior to joining RingCentral in 2018, Trevor served as the Global CIO of Micron Technology and Corporate Vice President IT, Enterprise Applications at Broadcom Corporation.  Schulze holds a number of patents in the area of core networking, and the products he helped design have won more than 15 ‘best product’ awards from industry organizations and publications. In 2018, he was recognized as Forbes CIO of the year.

  • Neelu Sethi
    SVP & CIO
    Reddy Ice

  • Gary Sorrentino
    CIO Advisor, Global CIO Office

    Gary Sorrentino currently serves as CIO Advisor in the Global CIO Office at Zoom Video Communications. A former Managing Director for J.P. Morgan Asset & Wealth Management, Gary was the Global Head of Client Cyber Awareness and Education.

    For over 12 years, Gary was the Chief Technology Officer for J.P. Morgan AWM’s global technology infrastructure initiatives, where he managed its Data Privacy program and was responsible for Infrastructure, Application and End User Technology Production Support. In 2014, he assumed a new role as the lead for their Cybersecurity efforts and developed a firm-wide “Protect the Client” Cyber program designed to raise cybersecurity awareness among employees and clients.

    With almost 40 years of experience in Information Technology, Gary has served in various other IT leadership positions in firms across the financial services industry. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan in 2005, Gary was Head of Global Infrastructure and Head of Technology Efficiencies at Citi Private Bank, where he was responsible for Global Infrastructure Support and strategic technology initiatives. Other roles he has held include Global Technology CFO at Credit Suisse and North America IT Controller at UBS.

  • Trey Tubbs
    Sr. Global Director

    Trey helps lead global digital strategy and transformation initiatives at CBRE identifying and evaluating emerging technology startup solutions and trends to formally recommend options (e.g. build, buy, partner, invest) to the CIO and Executive Investment Committee. Trey joined CBRE in 2013 as a co-founder and leader in CBRE’s global corporate innovation team (CBRE Labs) where the team partnered with executive sponsors and emerging technology companies to create, design, launch, and scale new digital offerings and business models.

    Before CBRE, Trey spent almost nine years in management consulting working with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Sendero where he led multiple engagements related to Digital Transformation, IT Strategy, Cybersecurity, Governance Risk and Compliance, and Privacy solutions for Fortune 500 Clients.

    Outside of work, he enjoys making music, playing sports, and the outdoors. He lives in the Dallas area with his wife and three children where he finds joy and humor everyday experimenting on ways to integrate careers with a home of crazy kids. #hustle

  • James Turgal
    Managing Director, Cyber Risk Services

    James L. Turgal, Jr, was formerly Executive Assistant Director (EAD), Information and Technology Branch, entered on duty in March 1996 and was assigned to the Houston Division, working Organized Crime and Drug investigations.  Upon being promoted as a Supervisory Special Agent, he was assigned to FBI Headquarters, Office of General Counsel and the Counterterrorism Division, as the senior counsel for Domestic Terrorism Operations.

    In 2002, Jim was assigned to the Cincinnati Division as Chief Division Counsel, Media Spokesperson, and Supervisory Special Agent.  Four years later, he returned to FBI Headquarters to lead the Director’s Research Group. He later became the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of Administration at the Washington Field office. 

    In 2010, Jim was selected to serve as the Special Assistant to the Deputy Director, providing counsel on various national security, criminal, and administrative issues affecting the FBI.  One year later, he was designated Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Division, where he oversaw several high profile cases, including the shooting of U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.  In 2012, Jim returned to FBI Headquarters, as the Deputy Assistant Director of the Human Resources Division (HRD).

    In August 2013, Director Robert S. Mueller, III appointed Jim as the Assistant Director (AD) of the HRD.  During this time, he served as the AD and Human Resource Officer.

    On February 10, 2016, Director James B. Comey, Jr. announced the appointment of James L. Turgal, Jr., as the EAD of the Information and Technology Branch.

    Jim is also a FBI certified pilot.  

  • Peter Vogel
    Of Counsel
    Foley Gardere, Foley & Lardner LLP

    As a lawyer for more than 25 years, Peter combines his technical and business background with his legal expertise to help companies with IT, Cyber intrusion, and Internet litigation, dispute resolution, and contract negotiation. Peter has been involved with the IT industry, Internet, and electronic data for his entire career. Prior to practicing law he worked as a mainframe programmer, systems analyst, and management consultant for companies acquiring IT and related services, and received a Masters’ in Computer Science.

    Peter has clients in healthcare, international manufacturing, state & local government, utilities, blockchain, and eCommerce who often seek his advice about practical business issues relating to IT and the Internet, which often include cyber intrusions, colo sites, cloud solutions, ERP implementation projects, website business management, outsourcing, software patents, copyrights, and trade secret protection. Because he is a seasoned IT professional with an accounting and marketing background, Peter also often advises clients about financial and marketing issues regarding IT and the Internet. His experience as an Adjunct Professor in the Law of eCommerce keeps him current on the fast moving evolution of the cyber intrusions and the Internet. He writes a legal column for www.eCommerceTimes.com, and is often quoted in the media about Internet issues and crises. Peter’s blog on the Internet, IT, and eDiscovery is widely recognized for timely topics and thought-provoking ideas: www.vogelitlawblog.com

    Peter guides clients through the legal, technology and business mazes of electronic evidence, cyber security & insurance, intellectual property, contracts, government regulation, and litigation. He assists many clients with ESI (Electronically Stored Information) issues and related creation, development and implementation of records retention policies.

    Because of his unique background and knowledge, Peter is often appointed as a Special Master to assist Courts throughout the US with eDiscovery & ESI, Internet, eCommerce, Intellectual Property, and IT matters. Peter is a Co-Founder of the American College of e-Neutrals and a Board Member and Fellow of the Academy of Court Appointed Masters. The Judges in the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania appointed Peter to the E-Discovery Special Master Panel. He also serves as a court ordered Mediator in eDiscovery & ESI, Internet, eCommerce, intellectual property, and computer technology litigation. For more than 30 years Peter has served as an Arbitrator for technology disputes and serves on the Board of Directors and is a TechList Member of the Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center.

    Peter has also devoted a substantial amount of time and energy serving government agencies and non-profit organizations by addressing their computer, Social Media, and Internet issues. Peter served as Founding Chair for 12 years of the TEXAS SUPREME COURT Judicial Committee on Information Technology whose mission is to put Internet on the desktops of all 3,200 judges in Texas and implement state eFiling (txcourts.gov/jcit).

    In 1994 Peter was President of the DALLAS BAR ASSOCIATION and also served on the Board of Directors of the STATE BAR OF TEXAS, where he served as Founding Chair of the Computer & Technology Section. Peter teaches courses on eDiscovery and the Law of eCommerce as an Adjunct Professor at the SMU DEDMAN LAW SCHOOL, and is on the founding Board of Advisors of the SMU Computer Law Review and Technology Journal.

    The STATE BAR OF TEXAS gave Peter the Gene Cavin Award for Excellence in Continuing Legal Education in 2013, and a Lifetime Achievement Award for Promoting Technology in the Law in 2004. In addition, Peter is regularly recognized as one of America’s Leading Business Lawyers in CHAMBERS, a Best Lawyer in America, a Top Lawyer in Dallas, and a Texas Super Lawyer.

  • Mary Von Ahnen

    Mary Morrison Von Ahnen is a seasoned information systems executive with a history of success starting at Electronic Data Systems and moving on to CompUSA, Arthur Andersen Business Consulting and finishing her career at Fossil Group.  Upon her retirement late last year Mary served as Chief Information Officer overseeing all aspects of Fossil's IT operations.   In addition to her IT leadership Mary has also led international operations, strategic planning and overall business consulting during her career.  Upon retirement, Mary released her entrepreneurial spirit opening up Horizon Yoga in Frisco, TX. 

  • Patty Watson
    Co-President Enterprise Collaboration


July 07, 2020, 7:30 AM-5:30 PM
Westin Galleria Dallas

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM        

Registration, Continental Breakfast and Networking

8:30 AM - 8:50 AM  

Welcome and Introduction

Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

8:50 AM - 9:20 AM

EXECUTIVE BRIEFING: Systems of Experience – The Role of the CIO in Shaping the Future of Work

Trevor Schulze, Global CIO, RingCentral

The role of the CIO is now front and center to defining the digital culture of an organization with a mega-trend at play that I like to call, ‘Systems of Experience.’  The CIOs future of work and the CIOs role in changing the digital culture of the company is starting to focus on the systems of experience, which is driven by customers engaging with companies and brands through various mediums of technology or employees doing their work and thinking about their engagement with the digital assets at work. During this session, I will focus on the role of the CIO amidst this shifting tide and what it takes to create a digital culture to support the future of work.

9:20 AM - 9:40 AM HMG Lead, Reimagine, Reinvent Tech Talk:  Nutanix

9:40 AM - 10:10 AM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

10:10 AM - 10:50 AM

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Advanced Technologies Driving Speed to Market

Greg Ericson, SVP & CIO, Essilor of America

Beni Lopez
, Managing Director, Industrial and U.S Market, Softtek

Sherif Mityas, Chief Experience Officer, TGI Fridays

Kevin Mowry, VP Software Development - Digital, GM Financial

Sudhir Nair, Chief Information and Technology Officer, LoanDepot 

Moderator:  Trey Tubbs, Sr. Global Director, CBRE

Rapid technological change represents both threats and opportunities for businesses. Advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, data analytics and the Internet of Things can enable business leaders to identify and act on emerging customer and market trends and to drive operational efficiencies. This panel of executives will share use cases for advanced technologies that are enabling competitive differentiation and speed to market.

10:50 AM - 11:20 AM 

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

11:20 AM - 12:00 PM

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Enabling the Secure Enterprise for Agility and Innovation

Justin Koplow, Senior Legal Counsel and Data Protection Officer (DPO), AT&T Communications and AT&T Corporate

Jana Monroe, VP Global Security and Enterprise Risk Management, Herbalife

James Turgal, Managing Director, Cyber Risk Services, Deloitte

Peter Vogel, Of Counsel, Foley Gardere, Foley & Lardner LLP

Moderator:  John Iannarelli, Former FBI Special Agent and Senior Executive Advisor, FBI

Securing the enterprise has become more difficult in these unprecedented times of escalating risk. In today’s global cyber theater, enterprise risks are accelerating at an extraordinary rate, including nation-state backed initiatives. This session will deliver straight talk around mitigation strategies and advanced threat protection approaches that are working today while positioning the enterprise for agility and innovation.

12:00 PM - 1:10 PM


Dallas SIM News - Nellson Burns, VP IT & CIO - Daltile-Mohawk Industries and President, SIM Dallas

NPower News - Russ Medina, Executive Director, NPower

Aisera Briefing

Presentation of the HMG Strategy 2020 Global Technology Executives Who Matter Awards

1:10 PM - 1:30 PM

HMG Lead, Reimagine, Reinvent Tech Talk:  Tackling the Digital IT Talent Shortage

Patricia Connolly, CEO, Founding Partner, SMC Squared and Mary Von Ahnen, CIO, Fossil

DFW companies, in this high growth and innovative market, are faced with a shortage of IT talent and are left searching for options.   Hear how Dallas-based Fossil Group re-envisioned their IT talent strategy, using SMC Squared GIC model.  Learn from Mary Morrison Von Ahnen, recently retired CIO at Fossil, and Patricia Connolly, CEO at SMC Squared, how Fossil used the GIC model and Global Enablement best practices to transform their existing offshore operation into a high performing unit with a  40% cost reduction.  Pat will share the red flags associated with typical IT outsourcing models and the business benefits that a GIC can deliver.  Learn about the roadmap to shift from the traditional offshoring and greatly enhance IT with the global insourcing  approach.

1:30 PM - 1:50 PM HMG Lead, Reimagine, Reinvent Tech Talk:  Colleen Berube, CIO, Zendesk

1:50 PM - 2:20 PM Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

2:20 PM - 2:50 PM

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Accelerating Your Career Ascent:  Crafting Your Personal Brand and Attracting Top Talent

Renee Arrington, President and COO, Pearson Partners International, Inc.

Jamey Cummings, Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry 

Steve Kendrick, President, KER Partners 

Moderator:  Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

Forward-thinking technology executives devote the time and energy needed to extend their personal brands via public speaking, media interviews and other forms of professional promotion. Doing so enables technology leaders to power their career progression while positioning themselves to attract coveted IT and digital talent. This panel executives will share priceless insights into the steps that top-tier technology executives are taking to trademark themselves, to recruit and retain sought-after talent and to become boardroom ready.  

2:50 PM - 3:20 PM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

3:20 PM - 3:50 PM

EXECUTIVE BRIEFING: Digital Workplace: It's About Culture, People and Technology

Gary Sorrentino, CIO Advisor, Global CIO Office, Zoom

When culture, people and technology come together seamlessly - real results follow. The world of work is changing and we've already started to glimpse the future workplace, and it's not a place or a building or a cubicle. The different today between high performing organizations and those that are seeking to become high performers is a willingness to embrace employee values, empower people to work the way that they want to work and support this with enabling technology.

3:50 PM - 4:10 PM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

4:10 PM  - 4:40 PM

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Preparing Yourself to be Boardroom Ready

William Gordon, CEO, BlockQAI, LLC

Patty Watson, Co-President Enterprise Collaboration, Intrado

Additional panelists being confirmed.

Moderator:  Renee Arrington, President and COO, Pearson Partners International, Inc.

Every company is on a digital journey. CIOs and CTOs are best positioned to guide that process – but not many find themselves on company boards. Why?

This panel comprises top technology executives, some of who sit on company boards.They will share insights into what it takes to be boardroom ready, how to get on a board, and what skills are needed to be effective in that role.    

4:40 PM - 4:50 PM 

Transition Break

4:50 PM - 5:30 PM

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Enterprise 2025: Lead, Reimagine, Reinvent to Execute World-Class Strategies

Nellson BurnsVP IT & CIO - Daltile-Mohawk Industries\

Chris Gates, CTO, Allstate

Rusty Kennington, CIO, Corsica Mattress Company

Andrew Macaulay,
 CTO, Topgolf Entertainment Group

Moderator: Neelu Sethi, SVP & CIO, Reddy Ice

The speed, scope and nature of disruption facing businesses is unprecedented. In today’s fast-changing economy, only the agile will survive. To tackle these challenges head on and to position the organization for competitive advantage, CIOs and technology executives must apply a fresh mindset to identify and execute on new sources of technology-driven innovation along with the cultural transformation that’s necessary to drive successful business outcomes.

This panel of top technology executives will share leadership skills needed to foster a culture of innovation and carry out world-class strategies.

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Raffle Prizes and Executive Networking Reception

Presenting Partners

  • Nutanix

    Nutanix makes datacenter infrastructure and clouds invisible, elevating IT to focus on the applications and services that power the business. The company’s Enterprise Cloud OS software converges private, public and distributed clouds, bringing one-click simplicity to infrastructure and application management. Nutanix Enterprise Cloud solutions integrate virtualization, storage, networking and security to power any application, at any scale – and are delivered as turnkey hyper converged infrastructure (HCI) appliances, software for popular server platforms, and innovative Xi Cloud Services.

  • RingCentral

    RingCentral, Inc. is a leading provider of global enterprise cloud communications and collaboration solutions. More flexible and cost-effective than legacy on-premises systems, RingCentral empowers today’s mobile and distributed workforce to communicate, collaborate, and connect from anywhere, on any device. RingCentral unifies voice, video, team messaging and collaboration, conferencing, online meetings, and integrated contact center solutions. RingCentral’s open platform integrates with leading business apps and enables customers to easily customize business workflows. RingCentral is headquartered in Belmont, California, and has offices around the world.

  • SMC Squared

    Headquartered in the Dallas metroplex, SMC Squared, LLC provides a disruptive alternative to the IT Services industry. The company’s Global In-house Center (GIC) models not only offer its clients a way to satisfy their growing information technology needs but also provide a vehicle for the clients who desire to own the India-based entity. From its offices in Texas, Minnesota and Bangalore, India, SMC Squared supports all industries.

  • Zendesk

    The best customer experiences are built with Zendesk. Zendesk’s powerful and flexible customer service and engagement platform scales to meet the needs of any business, from startups and small businesses to growth companies and enterprises. Zendesk serves businesses across a multitude of industries, with more than 100,000 paid customer accounts offering service and support in more than 30 languages. Headquartered in San Francisco, Zendesk operates worldwide with 15 offices in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America.

  • Zoom

    Zoom is the leader in modern enterprise video communications, with an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, chat, and webinars across mobile, desktop, and room systems. Zoom Rooms is the original software-based conference room solution used around the world in board, conference, huddle, and training rooms, as well as executive offices and classrooms. Founded in 2011, Zoom helps businesses and organizations bring their teams together in a frictionless environment to get more done.


Platinum Partners

  • Softtek

    Founded in 1982, Softtek is a global company helping organizations drive digital operations, platforms and enablement. With presence in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia, Softtek provides Global 2000 organizations with technology solutions that create value through technology


Gold Partners

  • Aisera

    Aisera is the industry’s first proactive, personalized, and predictive AI Service Management (AISM) solution that is purpose-built to automate tasks and actions for IT, HR, Facilities, and Customer Service. Aisera's next-generation AI Service Desk works with existing service desk solutions to deliver an end-to-end AI Service Experience for employees and customers. The AI Service Desk automates and resolves more than 50 percent of tasks, requests, and workflows to deliver self-service to users.

  • Appian

    Appian provides a low-code automation platform that accelerates the creation of high-impact business applications. Many of the world’s largest organizations use Appian applications to improve customer experience, achieve operational excellence, and simplify global risk management and compliance.

  • Apptio

    Apptio is the leading software to fuel digital transformation. We help technology and finance leaders make smart decisions as they plan, analyze, and optimize technology investments in pursuit of digital transformation.  Apptio’s software uses machine learning to translate technology costs and utilization across on-premises systems, vendors, projects, agile and cloud systems into a holistic, business-centric view. With Apptio, IT leaders make smarter digital transformation investments.

  • Fortinet

    Fortinet provides top-rated network and content security, as well as secure access products that share intelligence and work together to form a cooperative fabric. Our unique security fabric combines Security Processors, an intuitive operating system, and applied threat intelligence to give you proven security, exceptional performance, and better visibility and control--while providing easier administration. Our flagship enterprise firewall platform, FortiGate, is available in a wide range of sizes and form factors to fit any environment and provides a broad array of next-generation security and networking functions. Complementary products can be deployed with a FortiGate to enable a simplified, end-to-end security infrastructure.

  • Info-Tech Research Group

    Info-Tech Research Group was established in 1997 and is currently the world’s fastest growing and most innovative information technology research and advisory company, proudly serving over 35,000 IT professionals. We produce unbiased and highly relevant IT research to help CIOs and IT leaders make strategic, timely, and well informed decisions. Focused on providing practical research solutions to help IT professionals implement key projects and build core processes we partner closely with IT teams to provide everything they need from actionable tools to analyst guidance. Info Tech helps CIOs and their teams drive measurable results and enhanced decision making through our data driven approach evolving the value of IT to their organization.

  • Numerify

    Numerify provides AI-powered IT business analytics solutions for the Global 2000. Trusted by leading brands, including 5 of the Fortune 50, its solutions help IT teams plan, build and run the systems that power more than $500B of commerce.

  • Redis Labs

    Redis Labs, home of Redis, the world’s most popular in-memory database, and provider of Redis Enterprise, delivers superior performance, reliability and flexibility for personalization, machine learning, IoT, search, ecommerce, social and metering solutions. Modern businesses depend on Redis Labs to deliver instant experiences, reliably and at scale. Redis Enterprise is trusted by three of the top five communication and healthcare companies, six of the top eight technology companies, and four of the top seven retailers. Redis has been voted the most loved database, rated the most popular database container, and #1 cloud database.

  • The Judge Group

    The Judge Group, celebrating 50 years of service, is a leading professional services firm specializing in Technology Consulting, Learning, and Staffing Solutions. Judge’s applications and infrastructure services include support for Agile / DevOps transformations and disruptive technologies such as A.I. & machine learning, big data, robotic process automation, blockchain, and cybersecurity. Judge’s workforce consists of more than 9,000 professionals strong delivered through its national and international footprint of 30+ offices in the U.S., Canada, and India. Judge is the 12th largest IT staffing firm in the U.S. as ranked by Staffing Industry Analysts and has consistently been recognized among the top 2% of industry leaders for client and talent satisfaction.


Trailblazer Partners

  • DataStax

    DataStax delivers Apache Cassandra in a database platform purpose built for the performance and availability demands of IOT, web, and mobile applications, giving enterprises a secure always-on database that remains operationally simple when scaled in a single datacenter or across multiple datacenters and clouds. Visit http://www.datastax.com.


Lunch Partners

  • Aisera

    Aisera is the industry’s first proactive, personalized, and predictive AI Service Management (AISM) solution that is purpose-built to automate tasks and actions for IT, HR, Facilities, and Customer Service. Aisera's next-generation AI Service Desk works with existing service desk solutions to deliver an end-to-end AI Service Experience for employees and customers. The AI Service Desk automates and resolves more than 50 percent of tasks, requests, and workflows to deliver self-service to users.


Preferred Research Partners

  • Info-Tech Research Group

    Info-Tech Research Group was established in 1997 and is currently the world’s fastest growing and most innovative information technology research and advisory company, proudly serving over 35,000 IT professionals. We produce unbiased and highly relevant IT research to help CIOs and IT leaders make strategic, timely, and well informed decisions. Focused on providing practical research solutions to help IT professionals implement key projects and build core processes we partner closely with IT teams to provide everything they need from actionable tools to analyst guidance. Info Tech helps CIOs and their teams drive measurable results and enhanced decision making through our data driven approach evolving the value of IT to their organization.

Strategic Partners

  • Egon Zehnder

    Egon Zehnder was founded in 1964 with a distinctive vision and structure aimed at achieving two basic goals - to place our clients' interests first and to lead our profession in creating value for our clients through the assessment and recruitment of top-level management resources. The most fundamental expression of our client-first vision resides in our structure, which is unique to our profession. Our 390 consultants, operating from 63 wholly owned offices in 37 countries, are organized around a single-profit center partnership. This is designed to eliminate competitive barriers between our offices. It allows us to operate seamlessly when engagements call for us to mobilize across many offices in a country or a region. Large or small, local or global, our clients benefit from our structure by having access to our most relevant resources and relationships wherever they may reside. Underpinning this unique structure is our private ownership. We have chosen to operate our firm independent of any outside interests and are motivated solely by a desire to exceed our clients' expectations.

  • Heidrick & Struggles

    Heidrick & Struggles actively solves business problems for our clients every day. Through our Leadership Advisory framework, we help companies attract, develop and retain the world’s most talented individuals. For almost 60 years, we have focused on quality service and built strong leadership teams through our relationships with clients and individuals worldwide. Today, Heidrick & Struggles leadership experts operate from principal business centers in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.

  • Korn Ferry

    At Korn Ferry, we design, build, attract and ignite talent. Since our inception, clients have trusted us to help recruit world-class leadership. Today, we are a single source for leadership and talent consulting services to empower businesses and leaders to reach their goals. Through our vision, research and tools across 80 offices and 3,700 employees, we convert potential into greatness. Our solutions range from executive recruitment and leadership development programs, to enterprise learning, succession planning, and recruitment process outsourcing (RPO). Organizations around the world trust Korn Ferry to manage their talent – a responsibility we meet every day with passion, expertise, integrity and results.

  • Spencer Stuart

    Founded in 1956 and privately owned, Spencer Stuart is one of the world's leading executive search consulting firms. We are the advisor of choice among top companies seeking guidance and counsel on senior leadership needs. We have unrivalled access to leading executives around the world. Our clients range across industries, from the world's largest companies to medium-sized businesses and entrepreneurial start-ups. We operate out of 51 offices in 27 countries. Last year we conducted more than 4,000 assignments around the world. Our team of more than 300 consultants possesses a unique blend of professional search experience and industry expertise. Consultants are organized in practices and work in teams, often across international boundaries that maximize sector specialization and knowledge-sharing. These client service teams are supported by first-rate associates and researchers, and backed by state-of-the-art technology. We place quality at the center of everything we do and solicit candid feedback at every opportunity in order to continually improve our service to clients. We channel our knowledge and expertise into a wide range of publications for the benefit of existing and prospective clients.


Alliance Partners

  • Amplify Partners

    Amplify Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm committed to redefining IT infrastructure, invests in technical entrepreneurs pursuing the multi-hundred-billion dollar Infrastructure 2.0 disruption. Amplify helps talented founders build valuable businesses by investing the right amount of early-stage capital and providing active company-building assistance. Amplify offers the unique combination of deep domain expertise, early-stage focus and a network of Venture AmplifiersTM to improve outcomes for infrastructure entrepreneurs.

  • Glynn Capital

    Glynn Capital is focused on investments in leading private and public technology growth companies. We seek to be long-term investors in a limited number of excellent companies with world-class management teams, sustainable business models, and long-term growth potential.

  • Greylock Partners

    Greylock Partners backs entrepreneurs who are building disruptive, market-transforming consumer and enterprise software companies. We invest in companies that define new markets, including Airbnb, AppDynamics, Cloudera, Docker, Dropbox, Facebook (Nasdaq: FB), LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD), Medium, Nextdoor, Palo Alto Networks (NYSE: PANW) and Workday (NYSE: WDAY).

  • Lightspeed Venture Partners

    Lightspeed Ventures is a global VC firm headquartered in Silicon Valley, with offices in India, Israel, and China. With over $7 billion under management, Lightspeed invests in both enterprise and consumer tech startups from early-stage to late-stage. With over 300 active startups in the portfolio, Lightspeed has invested in companies like Brocade, Informatica, Nutanix, AppDynamics, Mulesoft, zScaler, etc. Lightspeed has also created a CIO Innovation Advisory Network to connect forward-thinking IT leaders with Silicon Valley.

  • Sequoia Capital

    Sequoia is a venture firm with a 40+ year track record of partnering with daring entrepreneurs. Founded in 1972, we’ve been early business partners with many of technology’s biggest companies (Apple, Google, Oracle, Cisco, and more) along with many emerging leaders (WhatsApp, Palo Alto Networks, ServiceNow, FireEye, LinkedIn, Dropbox, Airbnb, etc).


Association Partners

  • NPower

    NPower is a high-performing leader in providing pathways to successful tech careers for young adults from underserved communities and veterans across the US and Canada. NPower’s award winning training programs use curriculum informed by senior industry leaders and labor market trends. On average, NPower graduates 80% of enrolled students, places 100% of graduates in paid internships and has over an 80% rate of success for employment or continued education within 6 months of graduation. We address many of the primary barriers that our veteran community confront. Beyond free technical classes, our career training programs provide in-demand certifications within weeks, paid internships, professional networking and mentorship with business leaders, soft skills coaching, connection to social services, job placement assistance, transit assistance and an opportunity for graduates to give back to the program via our professional volunteer network. We provide ongoing career coaching, advanced certifications, and leadership development for our alumni, ensuring that we are developing true pathways for long-term success for our students.

  • SIM Dallas

    Founded in 1983, the Dallas/Fort Worth Area Chapter of SIM is the regional organization for top information executives in North Texas. Its membership includes senior information technology executives from more than 140 local private and public industry organizations, government agencies, and universities. Members gather monthly to engage in conversations with top practitioners, industry leaders, and nationally recognized experts in information systems and management practices. Our social hour and dinner-meeting format provide ample opportunity to discuss important managerial and technical issues and to network with their peers from industry and government. Meetings are generally held on the first Monday of each month (except July) with a traditional year-end Holiday Banquet and Awards ceremony held in December. Members also enjoy a vendor-sponsored Golf Tournament each May. For more information please contact membership@sim-dfw.org.

Westin Galleria Dallas

13340 Dallas Pkwy
Dallas, TX

Room rate is $229/night. This rate expires on March 10, 2020.

To book a room, please call 972-934-9494 and mention the HMG CIO Executive Leadership Summit.


The CIO Executive Leadership Summit is created for CIOs/IT leaders. It also has strong appeal to leaders interested in better positioning their organizations and themselves for what's ahead in business and to achieve the greatest benefits through the use of information technology. 

To ensure a high quality environment and to maximize the networking experience, all attendees must be:

  • Employed C-Level executives (non-vendor) or equivalent, CIOs, Direct Reports of CIOs, or Senior Most IT Professional in an organization with $200M or greater revenue, or from not-for-profit or government organizations with comparable size

- OR - 

  • Full time academicians

If you meet the criteria above, there is no fee to attend.

All registration requests will be reviewed and approved based upon above stated criteria.

* Sales/marketing individuals or consultants from non-sponsoring vendor organizations are not permitted.

Special Needs - We fully support the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you require special assistance of any kind, please call us at (203) 221-2702 or email us at registrar@hmgstrategy.com.


For more information contact us:

(203) 221-2702