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2018 Charlotte CIO Executive Leadership Summit

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Ritz-Carlton Charlotte, Charlotte, NC

Lead, Reimagine, Reinvent – Driving a Culture of Genius for Success

In today’s fast-changing business landscape, it’s not your competitors that threaten your company’s survival. It’s your organization’s willingness and capacity to disrupt its existing business model or be disrupted. Because the CIO is at the center of the digital transformation journey s/he is uniquely positioned to deliver fearless leadership, fuse emerging technologies with process redesign and people skills, partner with the C-suite and board of directors, and successfully navigate the business into the future.

The courageous leadership traits needed to foster a culture of innovation and transformation on the path to genius will be the focal point of the 2018 Charlotte CIO Executive Leadership Summit.

  • Bryce Austin, CISM
    Strategist & CEO
    TCE Strategy

    Bryce Austin is a leading voice on communication techniques with executive leadership on technology and cybersecurity issues. With over 10 years of experience as a CIO and CISO, Bryce has influenced the boards of companies in industries as diverse as financial services, retail, healthcare, technology and manufacturing industries. He founded TCE Strategy, which specializes in strategic consulting on technology and cybersecurity.

    Bryce holds a CISM certification and is known as a thought leader, cybersecurity expert and nationally-recognized public speaker. He started his technology career on a Commodore PET computer and a cassette tape drive. Bryce is known for creating business value from technology opportunities, implementing technology security that promotes a positive end-user experience, and wearing t-shirts with clever jokes so obscure that they are often humorous only to himself.

    Bryce received a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Illinois. He, his wife and two young sons live in Lakeville, MN.

    Fun fact: Bryce is a weekend high-speed track driver and coach at venues across the USA. He has over 15 years of experience, and has driven cars as diverse as an 85 horsepower Saturn to a 650 horsepower Porsche 911 Turbo. He has had over 100 students, none of whom have died while under his instruction.

  • Steve Ball
    VP IT & Digital - Strategy, M&A and Communications
    Sealed Air Corporation

  • Shoukat Ali Bhamani
    VP, CIO & CDO
    Schaeffler Group Americas

    Shoukat Ali Bhamani is the Chief Information & Digital Officer (CIO & CDO) for the Schaeffler Group Americas, a global automotive, industrial & aerospace manufacturer with $3.2B revenue and 13,000 employees in Americas.  Over the past 20 years, Shoukat has led several operational and strategic business functions to support a double digit growth in the manufacturing environment. This includes Strategic Planning, General Management, R&D, Program Management, Quality Systems, Continuous Improvement, Process Management and IT. His effective transformation leadership has successfully aligned the IT priorities to the business needs via program management, roadmaps, goals, KPIs and strategic initiatives, across multiple platforms & business units, nationally & internationally.  Resulting in a uniform SAP landscape region wide, measurable business improvements, additional sales opportunities, optimized business processes & supply chain, efficient technology & infrastructure, IT cost transparency, and a high performance IT team to support business growth & strategy. He has recently taken over the responsibility of digital transformation and is in the process of prioritizing business needs. 

    His business experience includes 10+ years of successful customer relationships to manage key programs & business development to support a significant increase in market share and bottom line.  His R&D contribution includes several new product development initiatives to meet the market challenges of new innovation and technology.  His international experience includes major programs across multiple platforms & business units, including product development, manufacturing, investment, cost reduction & IT projects in US, Canada, Mexico, Japan & Germany. Shoukat received his Bachelor's (NED) and Master's (McGill) degrees in Mechanical Engineering, and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.  He lives in Fort Mill, SC with his wife and two children

  • Michael Del Priore

    Michael Del Priore has over 25 years industry experience specializing in driving the innovative use of Information Technology in the Consumer Products and Pharmaceutical industries. Throughout his career he has consistently led large transformational initiatives in domestic and global settings where technology was deployed to drive business value.

    Michael was previously Senior VP and CIO at Catalent Pharma Solutions where he was responsible for all aspects of information technology at the company.  Michael led the development of a new Global IT strategy and launched a series of initiatives to leverage technology to drive company growth, derive efficiencies in the manufacturing and lab operations, and enhance interactions with customers and suppliers.

    Immediately prior, he was VP, Global CIO at Church & Dwight where he also led the Global IT organization.  During his tenure and C&D, he led the development of a new IT strategy that completely transformed the organization and how it leverages technology.  Prior to Church & Dwight, Michael was Vice President and Global Head of Commercial Operations IT for Roche Pharma.  In addition, Michael functioned as the Region Head for North America.

    Before to joining Roche, Michael held a series of IT leadership roles in divisions of Philip Morris (Altria) where he provided IT leadership to corporate functions as well as international and domestic businesses.  Michael launched his career as a Consultant at Andersen.  Michael holds a BS degree in Management Information Systems and an MBA in Corporate Finance.

  • Misha Ghosh
    GM/VP ADP Ventures - Big Data
    ADP, LLC

  • Marc Hamer
    Corporate VP, Digital and Global CIO
    Sealed Air Corporation

    Marc Hamer joined Sealed Air as Chief Information Officer in November of 2016. Marc has overall responsibility for Sealed Air’s information systems globally. He is responsible for ensuring that our technologies achieve our long-term goal of consolidating all financial, HR, procurement and transportation systems globally as well as achieving the company’s goals and driving business enablement. In addition, Marc will be key in delivering Sealed Air’s digital strategy.

    Marc has more than 20 years of global experience in information technology. Previously, he was VP of Business Services and CIO at Babcock & Wilcox, a global leader in energy and environmental technologies and services for the power and industrial markets. Prior to that, he was the VP of IT for the $5B distribution business of Thermo Fisher Scientific and also led IT Shared Services for them. Earlier in his career, Marc was the CIO of Raytheon’s Intelligence Business and held a number of positions of increasing responsibilities over his nine years spent at Northrop Grumman. Marc also sits on Advisory boards for Insight Venture Management and Firemon and has been published numerous times in technology and business journals.

  • Saleem Hussaini
    Head of Patient Services IT

  • Michael LaVallee
    Managing Partner
    LaVallee & Associates

    Mr. Michael J. (Mike) LaVallee is the Managing Partner of LaVallee & Associates, a Boutique Executive Search Firm based out of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Mike has over 30 years of executive search and recruiting experience and has led hundreds of successful Information Technology Leadership searches for a diverse group of clients, ranging in size from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. 

    Mike focuses on partnering closely with Clients to find the right Information Technology Leaders to help their businesses grow. Functional Search-areas for Mike include CIO/CTO, IT Director, Sr. Manager and Technical levels within Consumer, Manufacturing, Distribution, Financial, Consulting and Technology Companies. Additional areas of focus have been on Leadership Succession Planning, Competency-Based Assessment and Talent Acquisition. LaVallee & Associates’ “High-Touch” Search approach features original research completed by a Partner and in-depth interviewing and assessment of both external and internal candidate pools, ensuring consistent standards and timely search completions. 

    Mike has received industry recognition for his work in the CIO-area and has been an invited speaker and panelist at CIO-Industry conferences and forums. He is also an Advisory Board Member for the North Carolina Technology Association.

  • Drew Lockhart
    Ally Bank Consumer and Commercial Products

  • Ted Mueller
    CIO & VP of Operations
    Bissell Companies

    Born and raised in Columbus Ohio, and alum of Miami University of Ohio (1999), Ted began his career with Westin Hotels and Resorts on Hilton Head Island, specializing in Finance.  Over the next few years Ted transitioned into IT and helped open The Westin Savannah Harbor Resort.  The next opportunity brought him to Charlotte, NC, where he led IT operations for the Westin Charlotte opening team, and remained on as Director of IT until 2006.  During this time Ted completed the Wake Forest MBA program and (more importantly) met his wife, Julie.  Ted then accepted an Area Director of IT role with Starwood – supporting all Starwood brands in South Florida and the Caribbean.  In 2008, Ted joined Starwood’s New Builds and Transitions team and assisted in opening over 50 owned and managed hotels in the US, Caribbean and Canada.  Most recently, Ted was a Portfolio Lead with Accenture supporting data management operations for a major financial client in Charlotte – leading a team of over 150 resources around the globe. 

    Currently Ted is the CIO and VP of IT for Bissell Companies and is responsible for IT and Operations strategy and execution for all Bissell entities.

    Ted resides in South Charlotte with his wife Julie and his sons Henry (6yrs) and William “Bo” (4 yrs). 

  • Hunter Muller
    President & CEO
    HMG Strategy

    Hunter Muller is a transformative CEO at HMG Strategy, LLC, the strongest executive leadership network. Drawing on more than 25 years of experience in consulting with IT executive leaders, Hunter is a multi-title book author and a frequent industry speaker on transformational leadership and innovation. His concepts are used worldwide to improve executive performance, enhance collaboration, elevate the role of IT, and align strategy across the enterprise.

    Through years of research and experience, Hunter has published four books: “The Transformational CIO” (John Wiley & Sons, 2011), “On Top of The Cloud” (John Wiley & Sons, 2012), “Leading the Epic Revolution” (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), and “The Big Shift in IT Leadership” (John Wiley & Sons, 2015).

    HMG Strategy assists C-level executives in becoming transformational leaders. HMG Strategy hosts networking summits and provides services that are focused around innovative IT leadership, management, and technology support to CIOs and senior IT executives. HMG Strategy is "The Strongest Executive Leadership Network" with an international association of more than 300,000 global CIOs/senior IT executives, industry experts, and world-class thought leaders.

    Hunter and HMG Strategy support a variety of IT-related charities, and Hunter is a member of the Executive Committee of the Fairfield/Westchester Chapter of the Society for Information Management.



  • John Murdock
    Executive Search Partners LLC

    John W Murdock is Partner with Executive Search Partners, a nationwide search firm since 2002, specializing in senior Information Technology appointments. Murdock, like all ESP partners, distinctively draws on his thirty years of experience as a former IT executive and leader. Having successfully acquired, built, and delivered business enabling solutions and services to large multinational Insurance and Banking companies. Such as, CIO VP and Board member at GMAC Insurance; VP IT for First Union (Wells Fargo); VP IT for Huntington Bank; and President for Systems Task Group, Intl (Majesco).
    Since Murdock "grew up" in IT, and then effectively transitioned to executive search, he understands what it takes at all levels with providing the best senior IT professionals to hiring executives.
    Murdock is an active member of SIM Charlotte, providing leadership to the board, as Sponsorship chair, and as an advisor to SIM’s Members in Transition group. Recently he gathered commitments from thirty sponsors to contribute $80,000+ for Charlotte region STEM initiatives. Additionally, he serves as an Account Manager in the SE for SIM’s Regional Leadership Forum, widely known as SIM RLF. 
    John holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Michigan State University, attended various Business, IT and Executive Management programs throughout his career. … Yet his tenure as leader and manager of people processes and technology have provided his greatest lessons and accomplishments.

  • Vijith Nair
    SVP, Global Regulatory Reporting - Transaction Review Program Leader
    Bank of America

  • Chris Paul
    SVP, Advisor Experience & Design
    LPL Financial

    Chris Paul is Senior Vice President for Advisor and Investor Experience at LPL Financial. In this role, he and his team are focused on designing seamless, integrated experiences that empower LPL advisors and engage end investors. Chris and team are responsible for product user experience and design, experience strategy, experience innovation, and advisor and investor research and insight.

    Mr. Paul has over two decades of experience designing enterprise and consumer software solutions. Prior to joining LPL, Mr. Paul was Director, User Experience and Information Development for IBM’s Collaboration Services and Social Business division. At IBM, he led the award-winning product design efforts for Connections, WebSphere Portal, Sametime and SmartCloud, among others.

    Chris holds 17 patents for software innovations and was named an IBM Master Inventor for his contributions to IBM intellectual property portfolio.

    Mr. Paul is an expert in product and user experience design. He received his M.F.A. in Design from the Yale School of Art and his B.S. in Design from Eastern Michigan University. He lives in Waxhaw, NC with his wife, Danielle and two teenage children. In his spare time, Chris likes to abandon all modern technology by casting lead type and printing letterpress on a rebuilt 1964 Heidelberg Windmill.

  • Joe Topinka

    Joe Topinka is a recognized game-changing career CIO, author, and executive coach. His ground-breaking book, IT Business Partnerships: A Field Guide, helps individuals and companies bridge the chasm between business stakeholders and IT Organizations to achieve exponential results. In 2013 Joe was voted CIO of the year by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. Joe is the founder and chief coach of CIO Mentor, a consultancy where he is known for his pragmatic approach and delivering measurable results. He is Vice Chair of the BRM Institute’s Executive Council and CIO of SnapAV in Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • Alissa Tripp Farrow
    VP, Staffing & Search
    Accrue Partners

  • Angela Yochem
    EVP Chief Digital and Technology Officer
    Novant Health


February 13, 2018, 7:00 AM-4:30 PM
Ritz-Carlton Charlotte

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM        

Registration, Continental Breakfast and Networking

8:00 AM - 8:20 AM  

Welcome and Introduction

Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

8:20 AM - 9:00 AM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Lead, Reimagine, Reinvent: Driving a Culture of Genius for Success

Marc Hamer, Corporate VP, Digital and Global CIO 
Sealed Air Corporation

Angela Yochem, EVP Chief Digital and Technology Officer, Novant Health

Additional panelists being confirmed.

Moderator:  Shoukat Ali Bhamani, CIO, CPO, & VP Digitalization, Schaeffler Group Americas

As companies accelerate with digital transformation initiatives, technology executives play a vital role in identifying top opportunities for leveraging technology to create new business models and reimagine the future state of the enterprise. This requires a new way of thinking to identify new market opportunities and how technology can be harnessed to drive innovation. This panel of technology executives will discuss their roles in leading digital transformation strategies along with how they can work with fellow members of the C-suite to ensure successful execution.

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM 

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

9:30 AM - 10:10 AM       


10:10 AM - 10:40 AM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

10:40 AM - 11:10 AM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Here's to the Crazy Ones

Drew Lockhart, CIO, Ally Bank Consumer and Commerical Products

Moderator:  Dan Roselli, Founder, QueenCity Fintech

As Steve Jobs called them, how do 'The Crazy Ones', the technology entrepreneurs, affect the world of corporate technology?  Hear from some of the technology executives who have figured out how to turn the technology entrepreneurial Barbarians at the Gate into a strategic asset to be leveraged in their organization technology strategy.  How do you find these mythical creatures and, more importantly, how do you use their passion and innovation to move your technology vision forward versus having the gates knocked down?  As Steve said, "The only thing you can't do is ignore them, because they change things."

11:10 AM - 11:20 AM  

Transition Break

11:20 AM - 11:50 AM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Beyond Leadership – What Makes a Technology Executive Successful

Alissa Tripp Farrow, VP Staffing & Search, Accrue Partners

Michael LaVallee, Managing Partner, LaVallee & Associates

John Murdock, Partner, Executive Search Partners LLC

Moderator: Bryce Austin, Strategist & CEO, TCE Strategy

Today’s technology executive plays a pivotal role in helping his or her organization respond to the forces of change to become a digital enterprise, no matter what business they are in. In essence, they serve as conductors to orchestrate the three pillars of organizational success – people, processes, and technology – and to draw upon their unique view of the enterprise to bring these elements into harmony. What are the skills and steps necessary to lead a successful digital transformation, develop collaboration with the C-suite and board, and fine-tune your personal brand to empower your career ascent?

This panel of top technology search executives will share valuable advice on what key attributes and strategies, beyond leadership, are making some technology executives more successful than others.

11:50 AM - 1:00 PM


1:00 PM - 1:40 PM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Today's Hyper-Competitive Markets Demand Customer Excellence

Steve Ball, VP IT & Digital - Strategy, M&A and Communications, Sealed Air

Saleem Hussaini, Head of Patient Services IT, Biogen

Chris Paul, SVP, Advisor Experience & Design, LPL Financial

Additional panelists being confirmed.

Moderator:  Bryce Austin, Strategist & CEO, TCE Strategy

Thanks to their experiences with customer-obsessed companies such as Amazon and Zappos, customers expect great experiences from each company they do business with. But in order to provide customers with intuitive and seamless experiences, organizational leaders must ensure that customers are receiving consistent experiences across both physical and digital channels. In this session, technology executives will share best practices for providing a 360-degree omnichannel customer experience, along with recommendations to differentiate the brand and increase share of wallet.

1:40 PM - 2:10 PM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

2:10 PM - 2:50 PM 

EXECUTIVE PANEL: New Technologies - Driving Big Opportunities and a Competitive Edge

Michael Del Priore, CIO, Diversey

Misha Ghosh, GM/VP ADP Ventures - Big Data ADP, LLC

Ted Mueller, CIO & VP of Operations, Bissell Companies

Vijith Nair, SVP, Global Regulatory Reporting - Transaction Review Program Leader, Bank of America

Moderator:  Joe Topinka, CIO, SnapAv

In the new digital era, successful companies aren’t working harder – they’re working smarter. Intelligent enterprises are harnessing new technologies that include Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data analytics to identify and act on new business opportunities, automate key facets of their operations, and boost organizational productivity.

This panel of executives will discuss advancements in technologies that are driving speed to market and a competitive edge.

2:50 PM - 3:00 PM  

Transition Break

3:00 PM - 3:40 PM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Lead Courageously as the CEO of Technology

Shoukat Ali Bhamani, CIO, CPO, & VP Digitalization, Schaeffler Group Americas 

Joe Topinka, CIO, SnapAV

Additional panelists being confirmed 

Moderator:  Bryce Austin, Strategist & CEO, TCE Strategy

The most successful CIOs are seizing the opportunity to become the “CEO of Technology.” They are developing analytical models to create validated outcomes that can be used to map strategies, transformation, and increased revenue. This executive panel will share experiences of how courageous leadership can create value and generate new waves of business growth in the modern enterprise.

3:40 PM - 4:30 PM  

Raffle Prizes and Executive Networking Reception

Gold Partners

  • Accrue Partners

    At the forefront of Talent Workforce Solutions, AccruePartners is your source for today’s top talent. Our proven business systems combined with an unwavering commitment elevates our practice to the forefront of the recruiting industry. With predictable precision, we deliver top-tier workforce solutions across the United States meeting the demands of a dynamic business environment for mid-size and large, Fortune 500 companies. Powered with insightful market intelligence and an unrivaled depth of expertise, we are positioned to provide clients, candidates and consultants with actionable results. Whether you have a local need or your search requires a national reach, our team of seasoned recruiters consistently delivers a match for every search.

  • Duo Security

    Duo helps defend organizations against breaches through its easy and effective cloud-based Trusted Access product suite. The company verifies the identity of users, and the health of their devices, before granting them access to applications. Duo’s balance of security and usability has led them to be an enduring and trusted partner to thousands of customers world-wide, including Dresser-Rand, Etsy, Facebook, K-Swiss, Random House, Etsy, Yelp, Zillow, Paramount Pictures, and more. The Ann Arbor, Michigan-based company maintains offices in Austin, Texas; San Mateo, California; and London, and is backed by Benchmark, Geodesic Capital, Google Ventures, Index Ventures, Lead Edge Capital, Meritech Capital Partners, Radar Partners, Redpoint Ventures, True Ventures, and Workday.

  • Nutanix

    Nutanix makes infrastructure invisible, elevating IT to focus on the applications and services that power their business. The Nutanix enterprise cloud platform delivers the agility, pay-as-you-grow economics and operational simplicity of the public cloud, without sacrificing the predictability, security and control of on-premises infrastructure. Nutanix solutions leverage web-scale engineering and consumer-grade design to natively converge compute, virtualization and storage into a resilient, software-defined solution that delivers any application at any scale.


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.

  • Russell Reynolds Associates

    Russell Reynolds Associates is a premier provider of senior-level executive search and assessment, serving clients globally for 40 years. We advise our clients on recruiting and retaining outstanding and impactful leaders, and help them mitigate the risks associated with senior level appointments. We are a private firm with 39 offices across North and South America, Europe and Asia/Pacific, covering all major business regions including Africa, Eastern Europe and Russia, the Middle East and the South Pacific. We leverage our collective expertise to identify and assess leaders who can support the growth and success of our client organizations. Our 300 experienced consultants are supported by a global research network We complete more than 2,000 assignments annually, across a broad range of industries and functional roles.

  • 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 Venture Partners is an early stage venture capital firm focused on accelerating disruptive innovations and trends in the Enterprise and Consumer sectors. For over two decades, the Lightspeed partners have backed and helped build more than 250 companies globally, many of which have become market leaders. Lightspeed’s strategy is to be the first or lead institutional investor in companies with high growth potential in markets capable of supporting the creation of large, valuable enterprises. The Firm currently manages over $4 billion of committed capital and has invested in companies like AppDynamics, DataStax, Fusion-io, MuleSoft, Nest, Nicira.

  • 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

  • SIM Charlotte

    SIM Charlotte Region is a professional organization of local IT Leaders in the Charlotte metro region whose primary purpose is to keep members informed of the newest information technologies, ideas, strategies and local IT projects of interest.

  • Charlotte Area Technology Collaborative

    The Charlotte Area Technology Collaborative (CATC) brings together businesses, education, government and organizations to inspire and grow the advancement of a diverse and skilled technology pipeline. The Collaborative provides learning and growth opportunities for pre-professionals and professionals, promoting innovation and entrepreneurism, advancing the technology profession and fostering economic development.

  • North Carolina Technology Association

    The North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA) is a not-for-profit trade association focused on advancing the state's tech industry. NCTA has 700+ member companies, organizations and institutions representing more than 200,000 North Carolina based employees. NCTA helps members grow regionally and compete globally in a myriad of ways with a focus on executive engagement, public affairs and knowledge workforce.


Ritz-Carlton Charlotte

201 East Trade Street
Charlotte, NC

Room rate is $339/night. This rate expires on January 12, 2018.

To book a room, please call 1-800-241-3333 and mention the CIO Executive Leadership Summit, or simply use this link 2018 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