May 27, 2015 / Governing Body Private Dinner

6:00pm - 8:30pm Reception & Dinner Keynote

No 8-Second Leaders Here

Dinner Keynote 

Joel Cowley
President & CEO
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
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The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is the largest event of its kind in the world. Clocking in with 2.5 million attendees, 32,000 volunteers, more than $24M committed in support of youth and education, and 30,000 livestock and horseshow entries, it’s a grand undertaking to build this successful program year after year. President and CEO Joel Cowley attributes the event’s success to their unique worker framework, incentive programs like increasing ownership among volunteers by rotating leadership positions, and innovative technology. In this special dinner keynote, Cowley discusses the makeup of this organization, lessons in leadership and community engagement, and his commitment to the customer experience, human or otherwise.

May 28, 2015 / Conference

7:00am - 8:30am Opening Keynote

The Power of One – How CIOs Can Help Shape the World


Bonner Paddock
SVP, Marketing
Young's Market Company
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CIOs are in a unique position of personal and professional power. With their personal and organizational influence comes the opportunity to effect great change in the world, from economic prosperity to intellectual development. Technology leaders have the power and experience to shape the world we live in; however, the feeling of isolation — of being merely one person — can prevent people from realizing that influence. We should never underestimate the power of one — one person, one company, or even one single thought. With a strong belief and the right motivation behind it, a single thought can spark global change. In this session, Bonner Paddock will discuss the power that CIOs have, and why they shouldn’t waste it.

8:30am - 9:00am

Networking Break

9:00am - 9:50am Breakout Sessions

Remove Cost and Rigidity by Adopting Hybrid Technologies

Featured Session  sponsored by: EMC Corporation

Jon Peirce
EMC Corporation
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The costly legacy solutions and entrenched systems of traditional IT leave little room in the budget for innovation. Awash in growing marketplace uncertainty, many Houston CIOs are tasked with identifying alternative solutions and models to decrease spend through enhanced efficiency. Among the prospective paths forward, the hybrid cloud model is ripe with potential to safely lower costs and increase agility. To reap these benefits, IT leaders must fundamentally change their operating strategies, processes and governance. In this session, Jon Peirce shares EMC’s transformative experience building and operating a hybrid cloud and highlights the tangible successes and critical lessons learned on their journey forward.

GE’s Cloud Journey From Having Resources to Being Resourceful

Featured Session 

Benjamin Wilson
GE Oil & Gas
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As enterprises change over time, CIOs must increasingly focus on platforms and toolsets that allow agility through organizational shifts. The ability to scale, accelerate and execute on strategy in real time is crucial to remain competitive and CIOs have the onus to equip their businesses with reliable capabilities. To tackle this challenge, GE Oil and Gas adopted a cloud and agile model to improve their performance while reducing overhead. CTO Ben Wilson discusses the people and management standpoints of this journey, the learning experiences and results, and their advantageous plans for the future.

Total Connectivity – Opportunity and Risk in IoT for the Energy Industry

Executive Boardroom  sponsored by: KPIT

Thomas Cahill
Director, Global Information Technology
FMC Technologies
Lanpin Wan
LINN Energy
Aasim Hasan
Executive Vice President Global Energy & Utilities
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The IoT presents energy CIOs with the potential to transform the industry. There are opportunities for improvement in operations, asset utilization and customer service. In this interactive boardroom, KPIT’s Aasim Hasan facilitates discussion on pressing questions: Where to focus the industry’s collective resources? How to bring sensor data into the Big Data infrastructure? What are the risks? How to minimize risk through a proof of concept? What applications and software will enable quick results? What skills are needed to start this journey?

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 25 attendees (seating priority is given to CIOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact:
Brian Greig at 971-717-6681 or
Pierre Ngung at 503-808-9818 or

9:50am - 10:20am

Networking Break

10:20am - 11:10am Breakout Sessions

Make A Splash in the Talent Pool

Featured Session 

Bradley Hoover
CIO, Texas A&M Transportation Institute
The Texas A&M University System
Paul Krueger
Stewart & Stevenson LLC
Partha Srinivasa
Group CIO & SVP
HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc.
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It’s time to reimagine the quest for talent. With an increasingly disruptive technology landscape, a remake of the IT professional is required. Organizations must fundamentally rethink the way they identify, recruit, reward and retain talent. Though technical and business skills are still coveted, to create the IT organization of the future, CIOs may find better success prioritizing traits like agility, adaption and curiosity. This panel discussion explores the trends shaping how to market the new normal in IT and how CIOs can orchestrate business success by turning talent paradigms on their head.

Nowhere to Hide – Getting Ahead of Cyberthreats to Protect the Enterprise

Featured Session  sponsored by: Deloitte

Scott Brooks
Steven Carter
C&J Energy Services, Inc.
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Current economic conditions have created a climate of reorganizations, M&A and divestitures while business imperatives force joint ventures, outsourcing, partnering and contracting. Energy companies depend on infrastructure that isn’t always within the enterprise’s governance, including remote or internet accessible control and process systems. During volatility, it is especially important to recognize insider threats and the footprint of potential damage — both physical and virtual — that a trusted person can inflict. This session will explore how to establish effective mechanisms for improving infrastructure to detect and/or prevent threats across three critical cybersecurity risks: insider threat, joint venture/third-party security and process control security.

Cognitive Computing as a Mechanism for Employee Effectiveness

Executive Boardroom  sponsored by: IBM

William Braun
CIO, Chevron, and President, IT Company
Chevron Corporation
Randy Lakner
Oil States International, Inc.
James Stinson
Quanta Services, Inc.
Currie Boyle
Distinguished Engineer, Analytics
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There are certain business challenges that cannot simply be addressed by applying better numerical models, more computer hardware or additional employees. Instead, a broader approach must be taken, one that leverages cognitive computing to extract value out of unstructured content and equips the end user with knowledge to increase effectiveness. This interactive discussion led by Currie Boyle, distinguished engineer in analytics at IBM, explores the opportunity that cognitive computing brings to the enterprise by creating a holistic view of the data, design and discovery capabilities that increase knowledge capture.

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 25 attendees (seating priority is given to CIOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact:
Brian Greig at 971-717-6681 or
Pierre Ngung at 503-808-9818 or

Leading Transformation for IT and the Business With Hybrid IT

Executive Boardroom  sponsored by: Gravitant, Inc.

Archie Deskus
Baker Hughes Incorporated
Mohammed Farooq
Gravitant, Inc.
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From the CEO to developers, cloud adoption within enterprises is growing in all roles as it promises greater agility and speed for less cost than legacy solutions. CIOs are feeling growing expectations to take advantage of cloud and be at the center of adoption. This requires fulfilling user expectations while also evolving IT to the new role of being a broker of IT. In this session, Mohammed Farooq will walk through the new hybrid IT operations model that is emerging and four business cases where CIOs can begin delivering value to the businesses on their path to IT transformation.

11:10am - 11:40pm

Networking Break

11:40am - 12:50pm Luncheon Keynote

The Security Conundrum – Tactical Approaches for Preparedness

Keynote  sponsored by: Stream Data Centers

Dan Chisum
Mgr., IT Security & Policies
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Over the last two years, security breaches have made international headlines. CIOs are predictably concerned with security, but often aren’t entirely clear on action items to proactively protect against and prepare for an attack. In this exciting keynote, Dan Chisum from ConocoPhillips focuses on the requirements CIOs can make of their CISOs and the actions they can take to improve security. He’ll share approaches for identifying the means of an attack, creating a strategy to disrupt it, and determining the company’s tolerance for security risk.

12:50pm - 1:20pm

Networking Break

1:20pm - 2:10pm Breakout Sessions

Spicing Up the World of Information and Operational Technology

Featured Session 

JP Arcuri
VP, IT Information Officer
Calpine Corporation
Gary Hayes
CIO & VP of IT
CenterPoint Energy, Inc.
Melissa Scheppele
Ascend Performance Materials
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Innovation is typically done in pockets of the enterprise, kept within business units instead of spread to the organization as a whole. But as technologies evolve and the pace of change quickens, the failure to merge information technology and operational technology can be calamitous. Though this convergence is imperative, CIOs must consider the delicate balance of value and risk when realigning people, processes and technologies to support an integrated innovation architecture. In this interactive panel discussion, participants share methodology and application approaches to creating a more holistic IT and OT archetype.

Blurring the Boundaries – The Next Paradigm Shift

Featured Session  sponsored by: Tata Consultancy Services

Frank Diana
Principal, Business Evolution
Tata Consultancy Services
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The accelerating pace of business, exponential progression of technology, growing impact of digital, and the ability to rapidly combine innovation building blocks all indicate a massive paradigm shift. This evolution is on a scale beyond business leaders; to survive, leaders must also be futurists. The maturation of a third platform — social, mobile, analytics and cloud — and its convergence with innovation accelerators — robotics, the Internet of Things and cognitive computing — is driving the next generation of automation and efficiency. In this session, Frank Diana examines the inexorable wave defining the future of the enterprise and shares key insight on tomorrow’s technology-driven companies.

Unleash Your Inner CIO

Executive Boardroom  sponsored by: Sprint Business

Yanni Charalambous
Occidental Petroleum Corporation
Dee Waddell
SVP, Chief Digital Officer & CIO
Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc.
Brian Miller
VP, Enterprise Solutions
Sprint Business
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The CIO has emerged from a long shadow of perception, which cast them as service providers and cost centers, toward roles as strategic business leaders and value creators. Yet this shift in outlook has not alleviated the necessity of addressing hundreds of day-to-day IT challenges churned up in the wake of the tech-propelled enterprise. As they captain their organizations, CIOs must face these challenges through a confluence of tools, outsourcing, delegation and innovation. Seize this opportunity to gain practical insight from your peers on untethering yourself from the essential infrastructural work of the CIO without missing a beat — or taking your eyes off the future.

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 25 attendees (seating priority is given to CIOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact:
Brian Greig at 971-717-6681 or
Pierre Ngung at 503-808-9818 or

2:10pm - 2:30pm

Networking Break

2:30pm - 3:20pm Breakout Sessions

The Gigabit Economy

Featured Session  sponsored by: CenturyLink

Ian Dix
VP, Global Marketing
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In a recent survey of more than 1,700 CEOs, 71 percent identified technology as the No. 1 factor driving company success. In fact, it is now enabling organizational change more than any other force — including the economy. Networked devices are increasing from one to two per person in 2015 alone. This proliferation of data requires technologists to address the impending gap between current and future needs. How are business and individuals approaching this growing divide? What opportunities do CIOs have to leverage high-speed networks and cloud technology to transform their businesses? CenturyLink shares thought leadership on this Gigabit Economy, and the promise this transformation offers for the future.

Collaborating for Increased Protection – An Interactive Discussion With the FBI

Featured Session  sponsored by: IntraLinks, Inc.

Angela Haun
Special Agent
Federal Bureau of Investigation
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Today’s unrelenting threat of cyber crime represents one of the most disruptive dangers to business and national security since the onset of the nuclear age. In addition to the obvious ramifications of a malicious attack, breaches cast a far-reaching shadow over the entire business, from the front line to the board. CIOs must truly understand the threat landscape — both internal and external — and be aware of opportunities to collaborate with the government in order to predict, prevent, detect and respond to incidents. FBI Agent Haun fields questions in this interactive workshop session.

Creating Actionable Analysis With Asset Virtualization

Executive Boardroom  sponsored by: Hewlett-Packard Company

Tom Burns
Texon LP
Mike Perroni
Weatherford International
Jacque Passino
Client Principal
Hewlett-Packard Company
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Any organization with complex assets and facilities is challenged with tracking data, proactive analysis and predicting outcomes. New technological capabilities help to design large-scale environments, but the sheer size of data files makes it difficult for manipulation across the network. How are CIOs processing asset and integrity data across the enterprise? How can they make data more actionable and predictive? In this boardroom discussion, Jacque Passino from HP facilitates an interactive conversation about the creation of actionable analytics for practical business effectiveness in. Discussion includes how CIOs can enable remote access to advanced engineering and inspection data to enhance competitiveness, drive innovation and increase productivity.

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 25 attendees (seating priority is given to CIOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact:
Brian Greig at 971-717-6681 or
Pierre Ngung at 503-808-9818 or

3:20pm - 3:40pm

Networking Break

3:40pm - 4:20pm Closing Keynote

Leading Through Change


Michael Brown
VP Global IT
ExxonMobil Corporation
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The force of Moore’s Law continues to revolutionize information technology. CIOs today — more than ever — are faced with keeping up with the pace. Once primarily focused on cost and efficiencies, IT organizations now play a larger role in delivering innovation and providing solutions to fundamentally transform our industries. ExxonMobil Vice President of Information Technology Mike Brown reflects on the transformation of IT and provides insight on how CIOs can be prepared to lead through the change.

4:20pm - 5:00pm

Closing Reception & Prize Drawings