Atlanta CIO Executive Summit

June 20, 2018 | St. Regis, Atlanta

June 20, 2018
St. Regis, Atlanta

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with your peers to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Atlanta CIO Executive Summit.

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CIOs today:

Investing in your people and the right technologies

Innovating with advanced technologies and new delivery models

Influencing business stakeholders and enterprise outcomes

Atlanta CIO Governing Body

The Governing Body Co-Chairs shape the summit agenda, ensuring that all content is driven by CIOs, for CIOs.

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Dr. Curtis A. Carver Jr.

University of Alabama at Birmingham
VP for IT and CIO

Lee Crump

Rollins, Inc.
Group VP & CIO

Martin Davis

Southern Company

Julia Davis


Jaspal Sagoo

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

John Trainor

Aaron's, Inc.


June 19, 2018

6:00pm - 8:30pm  Governing Body Welcome Reception

Being a Thoughtfully Ruthless Leader

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Val Wright

Global Leadership & Innovation Expert, Author of Thoughtfully Ruthless

Thoughtfully Ruthless

What’s the greatest lesson Val Wright learned about innovation from her experiences with executives from Starbucks, LinkedIn, Financial Times and Google? Time and again she says she’s learned it’s not the economy, market conditions or competition that’s holding businesses back. The secret is locked inside how leaders ruthlessly (in a thoughtful way) manage their time, energy and resources. Join Wright to learn how to focus your time and energy on products, profits and customers to catapult your long-term growth.

7:00am - 7:45am  Registration & Breakfast

7:40am - 7:59am  Keynote

Laugh Out Loud Leadership With Panic Squad

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Andrew Bright


Panic Squad Improv Comedy

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Tom Burkhardt


Panic Squad Improv Comedy

Today’s executive leaders must move quickly, navigate change nimbly and lead in unknown territory. Sounds a lot like improv comedy! Join this side-splitting min-keynote by The Panic Squad, which has taken its unique brand of humor across the continent for hundreds of non-profits, businesses and Fortune 500 corporations. Chief improv officers Andrew Bright and Tom Burkhardt will open our event with an interactive performance that explores, impacts and elevates through creativity, collaboration and laughter.

8:00am - 8:30am  Keynote

The Cloud — Myth Versus Reality

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Jay Ferro

Chief Customer Officer


You hear the myths frequently: cloud is cheaper, focus on digital transformation, one type of cloud is best. What is the truth behind these myths? Jay Ferro, unlocks the answers with new research that shows what leading companies are doing in each of these areas, backed with case studies on best practices. Learn how your business can apply these lessons learned to deliver more value to your customers.

8:30am - 9:00am  Networking Break

9:00am - 9:50am  Breakout Session

Practical Security in an Era of Increasing Threats

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Dr. Curtis A. Carver Jr.

VP for IT and CIO

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Each day another company falls victim to yet another sophisticated cyberattack. Increasingly, these attacks originate from organized crime or nation states. How can a security professional thrive in a complex environment facing an array of malicious actors? While there is no silver bullet to guarantee complete immunity, a number of tried and true practical measures can dramatically enhance your security posture. This interactive session explores practical steps every security professional can implement to safeguard against growing threats.

9:00am - 9:50am  Breakout Session

From Architecting to Activating Disruption — Putting Technology to Work

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Cristene Gonzalez-Wertz

IBM Institute for Business Value, Research Leader, Electronics


CIOs today are faced with two key challenges —"creating business value from IT" and "getting it done." With the pace and scope of change and myriad disruptive technologies going around, finding the value and moving to pilot is much more difficult. Even after that, sustaining and managing at enterprise scale is daunting. So, just how can AI, blockchain and IoT move beyond the buzz and into the realm of practical IT-led reinvention? This session will help CIOs see real use cases that allow them to bring disruptive tech to traditionally thorny problems to move forward with speed and improved results.

9:00am - 9:50am  Executive Boardroom

IT's Changing Role in a Consumerized World

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Karen Bird


Hooters of America

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Beach Clark


Georgia Aquarium, Inc

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Lee Crump

Group VP & CIO

Rollins, Inc.

An explosion of new, specialized productivity tools has forced organizations to reevaluate the way they define the IT stack. As users optimize for ease of use, modern IT organizations need to drive digital transformation forward and allow employees to customize their workflows. Join this discussion to share and learn best practices for enabling user choice and supporting a more enlightened way of working.

9:00am - 9:50am  Executive Boardroom

Defining Digital Transformation

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Steven Clancey


Georgia-Pacific LLC

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Ellen Holladay

SVP, CIO & Director, Operational Excellence

Motion Industries, Inc.

What is digital transformation? One thing is certain – it’s one of the hottest topics for Atlanta CIOs. Digital transformation means something different for every organization, but CIOs are united in seeking to leverage the disruptive power of new technologies in their industries. As a high-level business strategy, digital transformation requires CIOs to reimagine tradition and reinvent the way companies do business.  Join this session to discuss ways regional organizations are identifying opportunities for digital transformation and managing the disruption those transformations create for the status quo.

9:50am - 10:20am  Networking Break

10:20am - 11:10am  Breakout Session

Providing Access as Well as Protection in a Hyper-Connected World

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Ryan Loy



As employees and customers demand improved connectivity, mobile solutions and instant access to information, IT leaders face the issue of privacy in an increasingly connected world. How should CIOs think differently to better protect valuable corporate assets while providing access and service? In this session, Ryan Loy surveys the current digital landscape, offering an overview of behavioral risks to security, mitigation strategies and key questions to benchmark yourself and your organization. Learn how to break away from traditional methods and embrace the societal shift toward a digital generation.

10:20am - 11:10am  Breakout Session

IT's Role in Customer-Driven Transformation

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Anne DelSanto

Executive Vice President and General Manager


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Alan Stukalsky


Randstad USA

AI, robotics and IoT take the demands on customer experience to a whole new level. In this customer-driven transformation, the speed at which IT can deploy new technology will be a key competitive differentiator. Join Anne DelSanto to learn how IT can lead with speed through operational simplicity data agility, and business empowerment founded on the principles of customer success. Joining Anne for a fireside chat will be Alan Stukalsky.

10:20am - 11:10am  Executive Boardroom

Protecting The Digitally Connected World

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Bradley Dick


Resurgens Orthopaedics

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John Pfeiffer

VP, Technology & CIO


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Bill Bradley

SVP, Cyber Engineering and Technology Services


Digital transformation is transforming the way individuals and organizations interact, both in business and their personal lives. It is also opening up an exponential number of new threats for which most organizations are currently unprepared. The key to navigating these perilous times is for stakeholders throughout the organization to embrace change and collaborate with senior leadership, business partners and customers. Join this executive boardroom session to discuss how to elevate security, both personally and within the organization, as well as how to partner regionally and nationally to win the cyberwar.

10:20am - 11:10am  Executive Boardroom

Free the Data, Free the Insight

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Greg Gatti


Atlanta Braves

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Krish Mani



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Dena Cross

Information Security Officer

Fulton County Government

Data is the lifeblood of the organization, and to enable healthy business growth, it must flow freely. CIOs are building the infrastructure that allows the free movement of this critical business intelligence, yet seamlessly linking silos of information across manufacturing, finance, retail and more is no small task. In this interactive discussion, CIOs will discuss ways they are enabling the discovery of cross-functional insights, efficiencies and opportunities through data analytics strategies that serve the enterprise as a whole.  

11:10am - 11:40am  Networking Break

11:40am - 12:50pm  Keynote

Technology Leadership From the CEO

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Brent Wouters

President & CEO


Success in today's business landscape relies more on technology than ever before. And with that technology now moving faster than ever, dynamic leadership in the CIO role is correspondingly essential. As the CIO continues to get stretched by increased expectations to keep the lights on, speak the language of business and wear their strategist/futurist hat, that leadership onus is becoming increasingly challenging. Serial CEO Brent Wouters shares his perspectives on the necessity for dynamic leadership from the CIO and how CIOs can continue shaping and driving their organizations into the future.

12:50pm - 1:20pm  Networking Break

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Breakout Session

Renovation as a Catalyst for Technology Innovation

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Marcus Wasdin


Atlanta Hawks

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David Elgin

VP, Analytics

Atlanta Hawks

The $192 million renovation of Philips Arena is much more than a remodel — it’s an entire technological transformation creating a world-class, interactive customer experience. In this session, Marcus Wasdin and David Elgin will showcase their current and future business systems, operations and capabilities, from point-of-sale hardware to their one-of-a-kind Top Golf Swing Suites. Join them as they explore the guiding principles, philosophies, goals and challenges of a renovation this size. Hear how they are making the same type of aggressive renovations on the systems and data that drive the day-to-day business operations and overall fan experience.

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Breakout Session

Leveraging AI to Achieve Unthinkable Transformation

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Rae Williams

Google Customer Engineer

Google Cloud

Artificial intelligence is “one of the most important things that humanity is working on,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai told MSNBC earlier this year. “It’s more profound than, I don’t know, electricity or fire.” And it’s why companies are – and, if they are not, should be – staking their future growth on AI and machine learning. In this session, hear how Google is leveraging “machine intelligence” learning technologies in its business for its own strategic advantage. Find out how AI is unlocking capabilities and transforming resources at a scale previously unthinkable and unimaginable.

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Executive Boardroom

The Future of Cybersecurity

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Hassan Ali


Mueller Water Products, Inc.

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Mike Erbrick


Chick-fil-A, Inc

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Gary Brantley


DeKalb County School District

Today’s cyber threat landscape is one of unprecedented complexity – and risk. Malicious actors are more persistent than ever, and the modern perimeter is only becoming harder to define. Across the cloud and across the enterprise, what high-level strategies should today’s CIO leaders embrace to ensure their organizations’ critical assets stay secure? Join your peers to share best practices in cybersecurity, ranging from staffing to communication strategies to key technologies.

2:10pm - 2:30pm  Networking Break

2:30pm - 3:20pm  Breakout Session

Diversity in Technology Leadership — Panel and Benchmarking Session

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Julia Davis



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Marie Mouchet


Colonial Pipeline Company

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Edwina Payne


Halyard Health

Picture a leader and who do you see? People who are consistently exposed to leaders who fit one profile, will be more likely to notice leaders who fit that same profile in the future. Even today, when asked to depict a leader, an overwhelming number draw a male figure. As companies are making efforts to promote gender diversity in leadership, they must expose employees to more women in leadership positions. One of the best ways to check your assumptions on any business initiative is to know where you stand among your peers. This interactive session features prominent women in IT leadership roles and illuminates their diverse perspectives, allows participants to hear how we can all work together to promote diversity in IT and explores context around the metrics.

2:30pm - 3:20pm  Breakout Session

The Future of Work — Meeting the Demands of Digital

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Anisha Vaswani

VP of Enterprise Systems


The future of work continues to evolve, and every day that future is brought closer by the accelerating business demands of digital transformation, emerging cultural norms and the capabilities of new technologies and innovations. Digitally-enabled businesses must strive to be more global and work outside their normal bounds. The session will explore the growing demand for transparency and less hierarchy in the workplace alongside the advent of real-time communications tools. Hear use cases from firms that are on the leading edge of implementing more data-driven decision making, AI-enabled processes and new models for information security.

2:30pm - 3:20pm  Executive Boardroom

Clouds in the Forecast — What’s Next for Enterprise IT

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John Dunbar


Atlantic American Corporation

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Alan Fralick


CRH Americas Materials

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Larry Frey


Beazer Homes USA, Inc.

In a business environment driven by technology, the ongoing evolution of the cloud, the emergence of everything-as-a-service, and the redefined data center are essential considerations for IT executives. With their promise of greater agility, enhanced service levels, and innovation enablement, these offerings present an attractive path for the enterprise seeking to leverage every advantage. But no two organizations are the same, and charting a course amid a cacophony of tools, providers, and promises is an increasingly complex endeavor. In this session, you and your peers will examine the present and future of the cloud and build strategies for navigating them to ensure maximum agility, security, and new ways of doing business.

3:20pm - 3:40pm  Networking Break

3:50pm - 4:20pm  Keynote

Creating a Culture of Celebration

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Andrew Bright


Panic Squad Improv Comedy

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Tom Burkhardt


Panic Squad Improv Comedy

Panic Squad returns with more Laugh Out Loud Leadership for our afternoon keynote! 

We win more often than we realize. Discover how creating a culture of celebration will motivate your team to push past comfort zones, build momentum and accomplish more.

4:20pm - 4:50pm  Keynote

Digitizing The Enterprise for Growth

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Barry Simpson

Chief Information Officer

The Coca-Cola Company

At The Coca-Cola Company, a lot has changed since 1886. Digital experiences give consumers endless options for researching, buying and interacting with brands at their fingertips 24/7 — challenging traditional models of designing systems and solutions. As CIO of The Coca-Cola Company, hear Barry Simpson share how Cola-Cola’s IT is in constant motion to sustain and increase digital leadership at the company to engage consumers with fresh intensity, drive value for customers and transform the workplace for its people.

4:20pm - 5:00pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

June 19, 2018


Venue & Accommodation

St. Regis, Atlanta

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