President & CEO Ahead
Founder and CEO of Chicago-based AHEAD, Dan Adamany’s contribution to data center evolution is an innovative business model that helps organizations change and transform by aligning information technologies with business processes, value chain partner and employee expectations, and customer relationships. A mechanical engineer by training, Adamany is responsible for the AHEAD corporate vision and strategy. Under his leadership, AHEAD has grown to $250M in revenue in just seven years, and was named No. 5 on Chicago's Crain's Fast 50 as well as the Inc. 5000 list.
Adamany learned the fundamentals of IT within the sales organization at IBM. From there, he refined his financial, management and sales skills in roles of increasing responsibility at EMC, ultimately serving as global account manager. In 2007, recognizing the need for a new breed of IT firm designed around changing technology consumption models, Adamany launched AHEAD.
Adamany is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and serves on the board of directors for Getting Ahead, a nonprofit dedicated to helping those with financial need pursue their academic dreams. He is also involved in several entrepreneurial ventures within various industries, including real estate, hospitality and entertainment, where he lends his experience and vision to drive success.
Vice President, Digital Enterprise Zensar Technologies, Inc.
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VP, Enterprise Projects & Support Northwestern Mutual
Blaise Beaulier is VP of enterprise projects and support for Northwestern Mutual. Beaulier is responsible for the development and support of application systems covering insurance products and operations, retail and institutional investments, field technology, and compensation and corporate functions.
Beaulier joined Northwestern Mutual in 1988 as a programmer analyst in the information systems department. He was promoted to the role of manager in 1995 and became assistant director with responsibility for the life product, marketing and agency system applications in 2000. In 2004, Beaulier joined the corporate planning department as a director of projects, where he continued to mature the company's portfolio management processes, including the corporate project prioritization process. He returned to the information systems department, where he was appointed VP in 2008.
Beaulier holds a B.S. in management information systems from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and currently serves on the advisory board for their College of Business, Economics and Computing. He is VP of the Waterford Youth Football program and chair of several active committees at St. Thomas Aquinas parish.
Sr. IT Director, Enterprise Applications Oshkosh Corporation
Mark Belk is senior director of enterprise applications at Oshkosh Corp., a position he has held since 2013. He is responsible for corporate applications and technology implementations for Oshkosh’s convergence and enterprise warranty initiatives. This large-scale enterprise resource planning implementation is the fourth in his career. The first three were at Kimball International, Tellabs and ConAgra Foods.
Belk oversees practices and planning that impact service domains including supply chain management, customer relationship management, product lifecycle management and enterprise resource planning—including convergence. He brings more than 20 years of IT leadership and global applications experience to Oshkosh which is marked by leading teams that successfully implemented business transformation solutions.
Belk holds an MBA and a bachelor of science from Radford University.
Paul R. Brody
Vice President, Mobile & Internet of Things Consulting Practice IBM
Paul R. Brody leads IBM’s mobile and Internet of Things consulting practice in North America. He is a founding member of IBM’s industry academy and has more than 20 years of strategy and operation consulting experience.
Brody has authored numerous white papers including “12 Steps to a Greener Supply Chain,” “Rebooting the Electronics Industry” and “Altogether Now: A Guide to Supply Chain Collaboration.” He co-authored “Irresistible Electronics” with Hagen Wenzek and George Bailey.
He holds a degree in economics and a certificate in African studies from Princeton University.
VP, Access IT Oshkosh Corporation
Gary Burgess is VP of access IT for Oshkosh Corp.’s access equipment segment. He has been with the company since 2006. Recently, he was selected to be the access equipment segment’s convergence business leader. Working closely with the global convergence team, he is responsible for leading JD Edwards’ business planning and readiness activities to help accelerate the program at the access equipment segment. Burgess will coordinate access equipment staffing requirements, identify implementation sequence, introduce enterprise processes and integrate JD Edwards’ implementation plans with access equipment fiscal year 2015 strategic deployment activities.
President & Chief Operating Officer Kenandy
Rod Butters brings more than 20 years of executive experience in marketing, strategy, sales and product development to his position as Kenandy’s president and COO. Prior to joining Kenandy, Butters was CMO and VP of products for RNA Networks, the technology leader in memory and flash virtualization.
Before joining RNA Networks, Butters was VP of marketing for Salesgenie.com, the market leader in sales effectiveness and sales lead development. Previously, he served as SVP of marketing at Tidal Software, where he helped position the company as a leader in IT automation. He also worked at Aspect Communications, where he served as EVP of marketing and subsequently, president of worldwide marketing, sales and service. Previously, he was VP at Oracle Corp. in the application server division. He helped define the applications server market, driving the creation of the market category and establishing Oracle as a leader in middleware. Butters also held senior sales, marketing and engineering positions at Object Design and Mentor Graphics.
Butters has a B.A. and an M.S. in chemistry from the University of Oregon.
Chairman & CEO MGIC Investment Corporation
Curt S. Culver is chairman and CEO of MGIC Investment Corporation and its principal subsidiary, Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation. MGIC Investment Corporation is a publicly held corporation traded on the New York Stock Exchange.
Culver began his career in the mortgage insurance business in 1976, joining MGIC in 1982. He has been chairman of the board since 2005 and CEO of the company since 2000. He served as president from 1999—2006. Prior to MGIC, Culver worked for six years at private mortgage insurer Verex. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, earning both a BBA and M.S. in real estate finance and urban land economics.
VP Digital Business & CIO Brady Corporation
Bentley Curran is Vice President of digital business and CIO of Brady Corporation. As VP of digital business, he is leading Brady’s digital transformation, working with leadership to deliver an improved customer experience required to better serve Brady customers across all touch points, including online, off-line and mobile. In addition, Curran is responsible for Brady’s global information technology solutions and services. He has served Brady since 1999 in various leadership roles including CIO, VP of IT and director of IT — global infrastructure.
Curran received his bachelor’s degree in business from Marian University. He also serves on various groups, including the University of Wisconsin-Madison eBusiness Consortium advisory board and the Brady Corporation Foundation board.
SVP & CIO Assurant Health
As SVP and CIO, Chris Dowler has leadership responsibility for the IT organization, comprised of 350 onshore and 250 offshore employees, at Assurant Health. Their mission is to maximize information technology value and provide technology capabilities that align with Assurant Health's market segments.
Dowler joined Assurant Health in 1986. During his tenure with the company, he has held a variety of IT leadership positions. He is currently co-sponsor for the customer experience initiative and the digital strategy sponsor. He holds a bachelor's degree in actuarial science from Ball State University.
Sr. IT Director, Convergence Program Oshkosh Corporation
Lynn Eady is senior director of program management, a position he has held since 2013, and leads the convergence program at Oshkosh Corp. He is directing this multiyear program and overseeing the multiple projects that will represent Convergence, requiring extensive project planning, resource, budget and scope management.
Prior to joining Oshkosh, he held roles with increasing responsibility at Delphi Corp., most recently as VP of global IT. To highlight his 10-year tenure, he served as principal player in the definition and execution of IT transformation and divestiture strategy, enabling Delphi’s emergence from bankruptcy, developed and executed corporate services portfolio, built the global shared services operating model resulting in a flexible IT organization, and transformed the IT supplier model to a consolidated global program. Prior to Delphi, he worked at Arthur Andersen as a senior manager serving challenging middle market and Fortune 50 client relationships and complex or troubled enterprise resource planning implementations.
Eady holds a bachelor of science in business administration with a double major in accounting and management information systems. He is also a certified public accountant.
Director of Solutions Engineering Sprint Business
David Falter is director of solutions engineering for Sprint. He leads a team of sales engineers who are responsible for selling, designing and implementing solutions across the entire wireless, wireline, convergence and M2M portfolio. His team of sales engineers is accountable for supporting all business customers in the enterprise, general business and public sector segments in the Western half of the U.S., as well as wholesale and the indirect channel nationwide. He also manages Sprint’s nationwide overlay sales team accountable for selling Sprint Complete Collaboration, a fully integrated cloud-based unified communications and collaboration solution.
Previously, Falter was director of sales in Sprint’s wholesale organization, leading nationwide sales efforts in the value added reseller and content/content delivery segments. Additionally, he managed Sprint’s prepaid card business unit and subsequent divestiture, and Sprint’s SOHO wireline and wireless telesales team. Falter has spent his entire professional career with Sprint, including various customer service, sales and sales engineering management roles across consumer, enterprise, general business and wholesale business units. He has been recognized seven times with Sprint’s highest sales award, President’s Circle.
Falter received his bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University. He is on the University of North Texas School of Engineering board of directors.
VP & CIO GE Healthcare
Randy Fox is VP and CIO for GE Healthcare. He leads the IT organization, partnering closely with the business and regions to deliver tools, processes and systems solutions to enable employees, customers and their patients. He began his GE career at aircraft engines in 1986 and progressed through a variety of positions in finance, sales and manufacturing.
In 1995, Fox moved to GE Plastics Europe, where he was the order to remittance systems leader. He gained significant ERP systems experience by implementing Oracle applications. From there, he became the CIO of GE Superabrasives and then the CIO of GE Supply. This role expanded to include Six Sigma leadership for the business. In 2002, Fox moved to lead the IT integration of multiple acquisitions as part of the creation of GE Water and Process Technologies. He also formed IT shared services platforms for GE Specialty Materials and GE Infrastructure. Prior to becoming VP and CIO for GE Healthcare, he served as CIO for GE Energy Management.
Fox holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Ball State University. He also holds an MBA from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio.
SVP, Information Security QBE the Americas
Stephen Fried is a seasoned information security leader with more than 30 years of experience in information technology. For the past 18 years he has provided effective information security leadership to large organizations. He is an accomplished security professional with extensive experience in the development, implementation and leadership of effective information risk management programs for both large and small enterprises. He has led the creation of security programs for two Fortune 500 companies and has a background in such diverse security issues as risk assessment and management, security policy development, security architecture, infrastructure and perimeter security design, outsource relationship security, offshore development, intellectual property protection, security technology development, business continuity, secure e-business design, and information technology auditing.
A frequently invited speaker at conferences, Fried is also active in many security industry organizations. He is the author of "Mobile Device Security" (CRC Press), and he is also a contributing author to the "Information Security Management Handbook," "The Official (ISC)2 Guide to the CISSP CBK" and "The Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) Review Manual."
Vice President, Cloud Services PDS
Jason Klein is the Vice President of Cloud Services for PDS, and acts as a technology strategist and visionary for PDS from the office of the Chief Technology Officer. He deciphers technology and roadmaps, creates business plans, develops PDS offerings and evangelizes the PDS long-term technology strategy for both internal and external clients. As the lead for the Cloud Services practice, Jason is responsible for architecture definition and operational excellence, and is committed to providing industry-specific solutions that enable PDS customers to be more competitive. He joined PDS nearly ten years ago as a technology architect before moving into leadership roles including Executive Director of Cloud Services and Senior Technologist. Prior to joining PDS, Jason was a design engineer for Modern Business Technology.
EVP & CIO Schneider National, Inc.
Judy Lemke is executive vice president and CIO at Schneider National Inc., a leading provider of transportation, logistics and intermodal services. In this position, she leads the company's strategic technology, engineering and business transformation initiatives as a member of the executive team. Prior to joining Schneider, Lemke served as CIO of Capella University in Minneapolis, where she was responsible for IT strategy and direction, alignment of technology and business objectives, execution of system-wide implementation programs, and oversight of critical IT initiatives in a dynamic, growing user environment.
Prior to her work at the university, Lemke served as vice president of the Midwest region at BORN Information Services Inc., an IT consulting firm, where she managed more than 500 consultants with responsibility for sales, customer relationships, contracts, branch and practice management, and recruiting. Under her leadership, the region's revenue increased by 100 percent in two years. Lemke also held several senior IT positions in an 18-year career with Medtronic, including director of IT for the Americas and international director of IT. She holds a bachelor's degree from Augsburg College in Minneapolis.
President & CEO Lubar & Co.
David Lubar joined Lubar & Co. in 1983 and currently serves as president and CEO. Lubar & Co. is a private investment firm founded in 1977 that invests in middle market operating companies with a focus on long-term growth. Prior to joining Lubar & Co., he was with Wells Fargo Bank (formerly known as Norwest Bank, N.A.) in Minneapolis for five years, serving in the commercial banking department.
Lubar is a member of the board of directors of Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, BMO Harris Bank, Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club and more than 10 private companies. He has extensive community involvement and currently serves on the board of several nonprofit organizations, including: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Real Estate Foundation; chairman of United Way of Greater Milwaukee and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Business Advisory Council; chairman-elect of Greater Milwaukee Foundation; and past chairman of Froedtert Health System, Milwaukee Jewish Federation, Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce and Jewish Community Foundation. In addition, Lubar is past co-chairman of the annual campaigns of the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and the United Performing Arts Fund.
Lubar holds a bachelor of arts from Bowdoin College and an MBA from the University of Minnesota.
Dawn M. Cappelli
Director, Insider Risk Management Rockwell Automation, Inc.
Dawn M. Cappelli is director of insider risk management at Rockwell Automation. She is responsible for design and execution of Rockwell Automation’s insider risk management program to deter, detect and respond to malicious insider activity across the global enterprise, while protecting privacy and civil liberties of employees. Cappelli joined Rockwell Automation from Carnegie Mellon University, where she was founder and director of the CERT Insider Threat Center. She is recognized as one of the world's leaders in insider threat mitigation and has worked with government and industry leaders on national strategy issues. She has worked on the insider threat problem since 2001 in partnership with the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Secret Service, and other federal agencies and the intelligence community, private industry and academia. Prior to her work at CMU, Cappelli worked at Westinghouse developing software for nuclear power plants. Cappelli co-authored the book "The CERT Guide to Insider Threats: How to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Information Technology Crimes (Theft, Sabotage, Fraud)."
Director of Technology Services Johnson Controls, Inc.
Jim Marshall is director of technology services for Johnson Controls’ building efficiency business unit. He joined JCI in 2001 as director of global IT architecture and also served as director of global IT security prior to moving to building efficiency in 2010. His role in building efficiency is to introduce modern IT technologies into the building automation and controls environment to support the Internet of Things and business intelligence initiatives. Prior to JCI, Marshall spent 36 years at Dow Chemical, where he worked on co-generation power plant control systems, high voltage distribution networks, controls systems software development and a wide variety of computer and network related functions. His education is in electronics engineering and business.
VP, IT Strat. & Architecture CUNA Mutual Group
Kevin Miller is vice president of IT strategy & architecture for CUNA Mutual Group. In this role he is responsible for IT strategy, enterprise architecture, business intelligence/data warehousing and the enterprise testing center. Miller joined CUNA Mutual Group in 2006 as vice president of IT customer operations & sales before accepting his current position in 2011.
Prior to joining CUNA Mutual Group, Miller worked for Accenture for 11 years in the insurance practice focusing on technology delivery including field sales, policy administration, claims, security and IT strategy and enterprise architecture.
Miller graduated from the Milwaukee School of Engineering with a bachelor’s degree in business and computer systems with a minor in technical communications. Outside of work, Miller serves as a mentor for the UW Wisconsin Mentor program and has been quoted in many trade press magazines including Insurance & Technology.
Manager, Enterprise Security MillerCoors
Larry Pedrazoli is a certified business continuity professional with more than 35 years’ experience in the IT arena, including 22 years in the U.S. Air Force. He has held positions in the manufacturing, judicial and healthcare industries. At MillerCoors Brewing, Pedrazoli is responsible for defining enterprise security strategies, processes and policies for both information and SAP security. He has implemented security and disaster recovery services and has spoken on these subjects at several venues.
Dell Software Executive Dell Software
Eric Robinson has been involved in multiple IT disciplines for more than 25 years. He started in the early days of distributed computing and has worked in sales/sales management in networking, professional services, service/systems management and security. Robinson moved to a security focus in 2005, and in 2007, he earned his CISSP certification. For the last five years, Robinson has been focused on identity and access management. He now runs a team of IAM sales specialists across the central and eastern U.S. and Canada. Previous to Dell, Robinson worked at CA Technologies at IBM/Tivoli. Robinson holds a B.A. from Purdue University.
VP & CIO Oshkosh Corporation
Dave Schecklman is VP and CIO, a position he was appointed to in March 2013. Most recently, Schecklman served as VP of global information technology. In his current role, Schecklman oversees all aspects of information technology for the Oshkosh Corporation enterprise.
Since joining Oshkosh Corporation in 1995, Schecklman has had roles of increasing responsibility within information technology including program director for Oshkosh’s ERP program at McNeilus, director of information technology at McNeilus, as well as various roles at Pierce Manufacturing, Oshkosh Defense and Oshkosh Corporate.
Schecklman earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration in management of information systems and computer science from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
CTO, Enterprise Information Management Practice EMC Consulting
Bill Schmarzo, author of “Big Data: Understanding How Data Powers Big Business,” is responsible for setting the strategy and defining the service line offerings and capabilities for the EMC Consulting enterprise information management and analytics service line. Schmarzo has written several white papers and is a frequent speaker on the use of Big Data and advanced analytics to power organizations’ key business initiatives.
Schmarzo has more than two decades of experience in data warehousing, BI and analytic applications. He authored the business benefits analysis methodology that links an organization’s strategic business initiatives with their supporting data and analytic requirements. He has served on The Data Warehouse Institute’s faculty as the head of the analytic applications curriculum.
Previously, Schmarzo was the VP of analytics at Yahoo!. Before that, he oversaw the analytic applications business unit at Business Objects.
Schmarzo holds an MBA from the University of Iowa and a bachelor of science in mathematics, computer science and business administration from Coe College.
VP, Enterprise MDM & BI Johnson Controls, Inc.
Mark Schoeppel serves as VP of enterprise master data management and business intelligence for Johnson Controls. Schoeppel oversees ownership, ongoing governance and quality for enterprise master data, including strategy and structures, processes to create and maintain, assure quality, security, usage and their applicability for key business analytics and reporting.
Until 2014, Schoeppel served as VP of global IT for building efficiency. His previous roles include VP of European IT for building efficiency and VP of global infrastructure for corporate IT. Schoeppel has a degree in business administration from Aurora University and an MBA in finance from Loyola University of Chicago.
He began his Johnson Controls career in 2001, joining the corporate organization as VP of global infrastructure from TRW.
VP, Security Architecture & Technology Target
Krishnan Srinivasan is VP of security for Target. In this capacity, he is responsible for shaping the strategy for architecture and technology in Target. Prior to joining Target, he served as CISO for GE Healthcare. He was responsible for leading global teams covering architecture, operations, cyber intelligence, identity management and privacy. Over the last 14 years, he has had numerous technical leadership roles.
Srinivasan holds a master’s degree in computer engineering and a bachelor's degree in computer science.
Director of Innovation, Global IT Medtronic, Inc.
As director of innovation at Medtronic, Paul Thompson is responsible for identifying and developing innovative IT solutions that will create a competitive advantage for the organization. In this role, Thompson created a “Hospital of the Future” concept that has been placed in Medtronic Innovation Centers in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Tolochenaz, Switzerland; and Shanghai, China. This concept is also in early pilot stages in hospitals in Europe, Latin America, Asia and North America. In addition, the IT innovation team has created educational and collaboration tools, as well as new prototypes demonstrating the value of combining medical device data with hospital electronic health records to help patients living with heart failure.
Previously at Medtronic, he established the CRM program and managed data center operations, database services, technical architecture and enterprise applications for the Cardiac Rhythm and Disease Management Business Division. Prior to joining Medtronic, Thompson was a research scientist in pharmacokinetics and drug metabolism for Parke-Davis Pharmaceuticals and in cancer research for Harper Hospital in Detroit, Michigan.
Thompson holds a B.S. in biology and an M.S. in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Michigan.
VP & CIO American Builders & Contractors Supply Co., Inc.
As CIO, Tony Vaden oversees all aspects of ABC Supply’s IT systems, leading the team of nearly four dozen associates that supports the computing needs of the company’s nearly 7,000 associates nationwide. An IT industry veteran of more than 25 years, he has worked in the manufacturing, distribution and retail sectors. He came to ABC Supply in 2013 from American Tire Distributors Inc., the largest tire and wheel distributor serving retail tire dealers in the U.S. and Canada, where he served as SVP and CIO. Prior to that, he held senior technology positions at Dell Inc., Solectron (now Flextronics) and AMP Inc. (now TE Connectivity Ltd.). Vaden has extensive background in all facets of technology solutions, including enterprise resource planning, e-commerce, point of sale and mobile applications. He is a recognized industry leader in cloud computing and innovative solutions. He received EMC’s 2012 Customer Reference Award for Thought Leadership and was a Quest CIO of the Year nominee in 2009.
Vaden has a bachelor of science in information technology from Winston-Salem State University. He also studied engineering at North Carolina State University after completing an associate of science in engineering from Surry Community College.
CISO McDonald's Corporation
Marc Varner serves as the CISO for McDonald’s Corporation. In this role, he is responsible for the protection of the company's information assets, as well as the strategy and implementation of all access systems surrounding directories, identity management, authentication and authorization. Varner has more than 18 years of experience in the technical, operational and program management aspects of information security, privacy and architecture.
Prior to his current position, Varner has led various security and architecture functions in the professional services industry at Deloitte Global and Navigant Consulting, as well as in the ﬁnancial services sector with Discover Financial and Morgan Stanley. Prior to his work there, he was based in London with Arthur Andersen where he directed the development of the information security program for Andersen in the EMEIA region.
CISO Oshkosh Corporation
Mike Warner is the CISO for Oshkosh Corporation. He works with executive management across the corporation to determine acceptable levels of cyber security risk. His office is responsible for establishing and maintaining a corporate-wide information security program. He has led the successful effort to increase the corporation’s cyber security maturity, balancing government and commercial information assurance requirements. His office is continually identifying and evaluating cyber security risks, creating policies and security controls, conducting security audits and ensuring compliance across the enterprise.
Warner joined Oshkosh Corporation in 2004 and has held various positions of increasing responsibility, leading efforts to “standardize, modernize and centralize” the enterprise IT infrastructure. He has also held senior leadership positions at the fire and emergency business segment, corporate shared services and corporate IT infrastructure groups.
Warner holds a B.S. from the U.S. Naval Academy and an M.S. from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He also has numerous IT certifications and is a licensed professional engineer.