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2018 Denver CIO Executive Leadership Summit

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The Ritz-Carlton Denver, Denver, CO

Reimagine, Reinvent:  Building a Customer Centric Organization In Highly Disruptive Times

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 she or 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 Denver CIO Executive Leadership Summit.

  • Wes Arens
    Former Amazon Executive, Digital Advisor and Strategist

    Wes advises CEOs facing digital disruption. He provides advisory services to senior business leaders and their investors on how to improve innovation and business performance. Wes is an expert on digital transformation and the business models that are transforming how work gets done in the 21st century. 

    Wes helps CEO’s clarify their customer vision, market point of view and ask the hard questions necessary to transform the business.  Using leadership principles learned from Amazon he collaborates with senior leadership to leverage their collective intelligence to create their own culture of innovation.  This proven approach has helped dozens of companies unlock new innovations, objectively assess their own internal capabilities and operational gaps, and transform business models. The outcome is an actionable roadmap on where to place critical digital bets that aligns to broader business strategy and overall investment priorities.

    Wes currently serves private clients through Wes Arens and Advisors, LLC on digital strategy and transformation.  As a former Managing Director at managing consulting firm Alvarez & Marsal, Wes led numerous digital strategy engagements at Fortune 250 companies across multiple industries (high technology, consumer package goods, retail, education, healthcare, utilities, and advanced manufacturing).

    Previously, Wes was Vice President of Merchant Services and Sales with Amazon.com, where he oversaw the commercialization of Amazon's outsourcing platform for enterprise customers.  He was responsible for driving enterprise direct sales, channels, alliances, and partnerships.  His team worked closely with leading enterprises to provide e-commerce digital capabilities that leveraged Amazon's world-class digital technologies for customer service, payments, order fulfillment and online merchandising.

    Prior to Amazon, Wes was a senior executive at Syncra Systems, a leading SaaS supply chain management company providing internet-based collaborative planning, forecasting, and replenishment solutions to the largest retailers and their suppliers. Wes started his career at IBM and served in various sales management roles during IBM's historic transformation from a hardware company to a services company.   When he left he was responsible for IBM’s overall global B2B market place initiatives.

    Wes grew up in Boston and graduated from Boston College and currently lives in the Seattle area.

  • Renee Arrington
    Senior Vice President
    Pearson Partners International, Inc.

    Renee Arrington offers clients over 20 years’ experience in retained executive search. She excels in recruiting senior executive talent for Fortune 500 companies, private-equity-backed businesses and not-for-profit organizations. She is a member the Pearson Partners board of directors and leads the firm’s Fort Worth office and CIO and IT leadership practice with clients in technology, retail, financial services, business services, distribution and R&D. Renee conducts searches for board members, presidents and executive directors among other senior leadership positions.

    Renee was named one of the top 40 Gatekeepers to the C-Suite by Hunt Scanlon Media, a search industry analyst. She is an active member of IIC Partners and the Association for Executive Search Consultants (AESC).

    Renee approaches each search consultatively. She understands her clients’ cultures and the types of leaders best suited to their business life cycles and challenges. She is attentive to diversity and believes a well-run search can deliver market insight. Renee appreciates the value of using assessment instruments as part of the search.

    Prior to joining Pearson Partners in 2006, Renee was a vice president in the technology practice of a global retained search firm, and was previously a shareholder and partner in the technology practice of another global firm.

    In addition to serving on Pearson Partners’ board of directors, Renee serves on the boards of directors of the Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM), the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) North Texas Chapter and the Foundation for the Young Women’s Leadership Academy in Fort Worth. She is an executive committee member of Dallas Executive Women’s Roundtable (EWR) and a member of Fort Worth’s Women Steering Business (WSB). Renee has previously served on the board of North Texas Public Broadcasting (NPR Affiliate) and was board chairman of both the YWCA of Fort Worth and Tarrant County and the Fort Worth Westside YMCA.

    Renee is a frequent speaker at the HMG Strategy CIO Summits around the country. She has written a monthly column for CIO Decisions magazine and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, CareerJournal.com, IT World, Network World and Business Process Outsourcing: The Competitive Advantage (Wiley 2005). She was honored among the finalists in D CEO’s 2016 CIO/CTO Awards in the Technology Advocate category

    Renee earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Trinity University and studied at Parsons School of Design in Paris. She and her husband, Michael, live in Fort Worth.

  • JP Batra
    Business/Technology Executive - CTO/CIO/Product & Program Management
    Blue River International, Inc.

    JP Batra is a Technology executive and a thought leader who has revitalized IT departments, turned around stalled strategic initiatives and managed them to success. He work has resulted in business acceleration using technology, better employee engagement and improved time to market.  His successes include re-energizing revenue, stock and reputation impacting initiative for a Fortune 500 client and applying emerging tech to gain market share over entrenched services leaders for his client company.

    JP thrives on innovation and innovative ideas. He assists IT prepare for innovation and emerging tech opportunities, and its integration with mainstream IT.  His thought leadership papers are posted on his linkedin profile (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jpbatra/).   JP can be reached at jp.batra@BlueRiverIntnl.com

  • David Bessen
    Director and CIO
    Arapahoe County Government

    David Bessen joined Arapahoe County Government in December 2011 as the Director of Information Technology. In the past two years, he has established IT governance, moved the IT Department along ITSM path and established liaisons between IT and its colleagues in the County Departments and Offices. Prior to joining the County, he was in the media (newspaper and website) industry where he served as Vice President and Chief Information Officer at MediaNews Group, the second largest newspaper chain in the U.S. (headquartered in Denver) and IT Director at Copley Newspapers in San Diego. His responsibilities ranged from managing transactional systems for advertising and subscriptions, to ERP implementations, web content management systems, business intelligence, networking and DR/BCP.  David has also consulted in the publishing industry, as well as designed and managed projects for Fortune 350 firms.

    David began his career in publishing technology as the founder of a small typesetting company specializing in academic journal publishing. Later, he worked as a support analyst and software trainer with Bestinfo, the software company that developed one of the first commercial-grade publishing systems that operated on a personal computer. He then worked for Management Processor Integrators as Vice President of Operations, consulting on electronic page-building projects at TV Guide and Copley Newspaper’s Fox Valley Press near Chicago.

    In his former career, Dr. Bessen taught ancient, medieval and Renaissance history at several Midwestern colleges. His other interests include cooking, photography and hiking in the Rockies.

  • Jacqueline Bower
    Data Privacy Specialist
    Jeppesen, a Boeing Company

    Jackie Bower leads Jeppesen’s Office of Data Privacy. This office is responsible for the global implementation, maintenance and improvement of the company’s data privacy program. Jeppesen is a non-fully integrated subsidiary of The Boeing Company. Jeppesen maintains offices throughout Europe and the Asia Pacific Rim, thus the topic of data privacy is very important to Jeppesen’s customers, employees, and vendors.

    Currently, Jackie and her team are incorporating the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation requirements into Jeppesen’s organizations. As other regions, countries, and states identify data privacy requirements, they will be incorporated into Jeppesen’s data privacy program. Among the activities in work are:  conducting privacy record discovery throughout all processes, product organizations and locations; gap assessments & analysis; gap resolution plan development & implementation; development and delivery of companywide training; providing policy interpretation guidance and documentation; revision of contractual language; and completion of privacy impact assessments throughout the life cycle of product development and acquisition of 3rd party products, tools, and systems.

    Before her current role, Jackie was the Senior Manager of Quality, leading a global team of quality management system specialists in 10 countries.   In that role, Jackie served as a strategic & tactical partner using process-based management, quality management system and organizational development expertise to help organizations achieve their mission and goals, ensuring quality products & services are delivered.

    Jackie has 35 years of experience working with regulatory regulations, industry standards and internal procedures and policies. Her skill is taking regulatory language and helping organizations and individuals learn to incorporate the requirements into business processes in a value added and easily understood manner. She has lead compliance implementation activities for 20 + years. Jackie holds a MBA from University of Missouri - St Louis, Executive Leader Certification from MIT, and a BS in Science.

    Jackie is a senior member of ASQ with a CQA certification since 1995. She was certified as a RAB ISO auditor & performed audits domestically & internationally for 25 years. She taught ISO 9000/AS9100 Quality Systems Lead Assessor classes.  She maintained the Senior Professional in Human Resource certification for several years.  Jackie speaks at Boeing Company internal conferences, industry international conferences, and develops & teaches classes & interactive workshops (i.e., audit, leadership, communication, team building, government property management).  

    As a hobby and future retirement life focus, Jackie has established a travel company, Authentic Travel 4 U and is using her personal experience & passions in living in and visiting 30+ countries & all 50 states to assist others in achieving their travel dreams.

  • William Chumley
    Chief Customer Officer
    State of Colorado

    William Chumley joined OIT in 2011, bringing with him 23 years of team management and customer relationship accomplishments in public and private sectors, small and large profit and not-for-profit organizations, and corporate and personal business environments. He began his career at OIT as the Deputy IT Director supporting the Department of Revenue, where he helped to improve the Office’s overall service delivery to the department while implementing project management and intake processes in collaboration with the agency partners. In a subsequent appointment as Deputy Director of Enterprise Applications, William established a new organizational structure and process flow while emphasizing improved customer delivery on application support and enhancement. He later served as the Business Portfolio Director within the Customer Office before becoming the Chief Customer Officer in April 2014.

    As Chief Customer Officer, William drives continual improvement in customer satisfaction and overall service excellence, helping OIT achieve a 31 percent increase in key measures. His team created Five-Year Roadmaps for each agency, leading to stronger alignment between program and OIT objectives and the establishment of a Technology Advancement Fund to help reduce statewide technology debt and enable innovative use of new tools.

  • Glenn Dally
    Molson Coors Brewing Company

    As the CISO at Molson Coors Brewing Company, Glenn Dally has 25+ years of IT experience within 6 different industries.  He entered the cyber security field In 2011 as the CISO at a leading natural gas pipeline company.  After 6 successful years he’s taken his CISO skills to Molson Coors and has found a new purpose – to Delight the World’s Beer Drinkers.  Glenn has his MBA, BSCS, CISM, and GSLC.  He is also an active advisor for LEO Cyber Security.

  • Mark Hellbusch MBA, CISSP
    Senior Cybersecurity Consultant

    Mark has 20 years of combined technology, security, risk and leadership experience.  As a visionary thinker and one who studies the evolving behaviors of bad actors and threat vectors, Mark continues to evolve what he refers to as the evolution of “Best Practices”.  Mark will tell you that best practices is a moving target on a yearly basis.  For example, what may have applied a year ago evolves as a combination of compliance and regulatory bodies enhance their requirements.  Today we are seeing an increase in the pace of strengthening the compliance programs at a faster pace than ever before.  Keeping up with these changes has become a challenge for many organizations today.

    Mark started his career being hands on with the largest B2B office supply company as their senior system engineer, from there he moved into the global area of e-commerce and faced the challenges of the building and securing a platform that did business in every country across the globe.  As Mark would say, everyone had us in their cross hairs but we won every time.  Mark continued his career as CIO of AAA Colorado but decided that protecting one organization at a time wasn’t enough for him.

    Mark found his true professional calling in helping as many organizations as he could become better in protecting their brand, employees, customers and data.  Mark’s experience has crossed industries from technology, insurance, retail, gaming, telecommunications, government, and healthcare, just to name a few.  Mark also is well versed in such compliance, regulatory and data privacy laws such as PCI, HIPAA, SOX, FISMA, SOC 1, ISO 27001 and EU GDPR. 

    Mark earned his MBA and went on to obtain his CISSP certification.

  • Anthony Hill
    Executive Director, Business & Enterprise Architecture
    Kaiser Permanente

    Anthony Hill is an Executive Director, Business and Enterprise Architecture for Kaiser Permanente, the nation's largest integrated health system. Focused on the intersection of strategy, business and technology, he is leading the implementation of an enterprise-wide Business Architecture practice for KP.

    Prior to joining KP, Anthony has been a 4 time CIO and CTO in higher education, software-as-a-service companies and dot-coms. He was named as one of Infoworld's Top 25 Most Influential CTO's as well as to the CIO 100 and Computerworld's Top 100 IT Leaders. He is an author of CIO Best Practices, Wiley & Sons, writing about the role of enterprise architecture in the realization of business strategy.

    Anthony holds a BA in Political Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and a MS in IT Management and Finance from Golden Gate University, where he was also the CIO for eight years.

    He is married with a 13 year old son and lives in Colorado. 

  • Stephen Katsirubas
    Hunter Douglas

    Stephen Katsirubas is a well-known driver of global digital transformation and innovation with a proven track record of achieving results.    

    An industry respected leader, Mr. Katsirubas is currently the Chief Information Officer for Hunter Douglas, the world leader in the windows covering and architectural industry.   In this role, Mr. Katsirubas is responsible for the overall IT strategy and technology empowerment of the Hunter Douglas North American organization.   

    Over a 25+ successful year career in IT, he has championed numerous successful technology initiatives ranging from $100M+ large scale ERP implementations to leading manufacturing technology solutions as well as digital and mobile innovation, global supply chain transformations, leading edge ecommerce solutions as well as building world class agile global IT organizations.  

    Prior to joining Hunter Douglas, Mr. Katsirubas has had a long career in IT as the Global CIO for Crocs, CIO for Clarks, and has held several other positions as a program director, software engineer and a management consultant in the international trade arena.  Other accomplishments include being recognized as a top Colorado CIO in 2015 as well as a being previously nominated as the top Retail CIO of the Year in 2012.  Preceding the IT portion of his career, he distinctly served with the United States Marine Corps as a non-commission officer and is a combat veteran of the first Gulf War.  Mr. Katsirubas holds an MBA from Clarkson University and a Bachelor of Science from Norwich University.  Mr. Katsirubas likes to spend his time with his wife and three children as well as assisting charities that support children.  He currently sits on the board of A Precious Child that is based in Denver, CO.

  • Ken Krieger
    The Judge Group

    Ken Krieger, Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Training & Development, has been with The Judge Group since 1988. Ken has over 20 years of Senior Management experience as an Operations & Strategic Planning innovator and thought leader. Ken, a member of the Society of Information Management (SIM), sits on the Advisory Board of the CIO Institute and NPower Pennsylvania, has served as an officer for the National Technical Services Association (NTSA), and sat on the Advisory Council of three Fortune 500 software companies. A nationally recognized authority on recruiting, training, and technology, Ken has been an honored guest and keynote speaker at a variety of highly visible international business summits, including The Personic Worldwide Users Conference and The American Society for Quality Assurance Conference. Ken received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Pennsylvania State University.

  • Tony Leng
    Managing Director, Practice Lead and OMP
    Diversified Search

    Tony Leng is a Managing Director of Diversified Search and leads the firm’s Digital Transformation and CIO practice from its San Francisco office.  Previously, Tony was Managing Partner of Hodge Partners. Tony has conducted many “C” level searches for organizations where leaders are transforming/building organizations that are taking advantage of digital technologies.  He has conducted “C” level searches conducted for organizations such as Aurora Healthcare, Axalta, Catholic Health Initiatives, Blue Shield of California, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Delta Dental, Dignity Health, Esurance, Kaiser Permanente, Novant Health, PG&E, Polycom, Sutter Health, Symmetricom, TE Connectivity, and Wellmark. 

    Prior to his executive search experience, Tony was a Board member of three public companies and CEO of a $600 million Public Company. Before that, Tony ran a $1 billion division of a telephone company focused on corporate users and had responsibility for all data services and networking products. While at the telephone company, he was founder and Chairman of its ISP and a board member of its 2 million-subscriber cell phone subsidiary. 

    Tony uses his operating experience from being a CEO, financial background as a CPA and CA, and technical knowledge from the work that he has done for Tech companies to drill down and understand at a nuanced level what his clients are seeking to achieve as they build their teams. He has written numerous papers on technology leadership and the challenges facing technology leaders today and authors a blog, ‘Resources for the Modern CIO” (www.tonyleng.com).

    The core of Tony’s consulting has been with senior leaders who are seeking to transform their organizations as they face a future of rapid change, digitization, regulation, shifting markets, and increasingly connected and informed customers.

    Tony has facilitated the Fisher CIO Forum for the past 12 years.  The Forum is a monthly venue for CIO’s and CTO’s to discuss topics of relevance in their daily lives, and has afforded these leaders the opportunity to develop a close network to discuss current challenges in a peer group environment on a confidential basis.  Participating companies have included: Blue Shield, Clorox, Cost Plus, Delta Dental, Dignity Health, Esurance, Facebook, FitBit, Franklin Templeton, Gap, Genentech, Kaiser Permanente, Levi Strauss, McKesson, Macys.com, Matson, Mulesoft, Okta, PG&E, Restoration Hardware, Ross Stores, Safeway, Salesforce.com, Schwab, Splunk, Uber, VMWare, and Williams-Sonoma among others. 

    Tony received a Bachelor of Commerce (with honors), University of Cape Town, South Africa and is a Chartered Accountant and CPA.

  • Chris Meyerpeter
    Ardent Mills

    A CIO, digital strategist, and delivery executive; Chris spent 21 years at Monsanto Company before joining Ardent Mills in February 2018. Chris has spent his career helping to shape the landscape, digital strategy and transformation within the agricultural industry. He is a progressive leader that focuses on people development, customer experience, customer service, technology implementation, business process design, business strategy creation, merger and acquisition strategy, and digital product development. Chris has been asked to speak at numerous trade shows / industry conferences on the innovative ways in which he continues to drive his team to operate. He has been awarded the Excellence in Leadership Award in Monsanto for continued excellence in leading broad, diverse, global teams through his career. Chris was influential in bringing the Design Thinking and Human Centered Approach to project delivery and strategy creation within Monsanto. Notable Career Milestones: 1991 - Chris served his country as a Radioman in the US Navy and began his journey in the IT field on the USS Dahlgren, USS Milwaukee, and USS Enterprise 1996 - 2006 - Chris is asked to lead many multimillion dollar transformation projects to introduce CRM, E-Comm erce, Analytics, Business Intelligence, R&D platforms, among others. 2009 - As the Chief Information Officer for Monsanto’s Europe, Middle East, and Africa business. Chris integrated a $800 Million acquisition, implemented a CRM capability across the region, and created a single IT team for all lines of business. 2012 - Chris is asked to create a product strategy for an IT platform that allowed Monsanto to help farmers manage their farm operations more efficiently. This lead to a $1 Billion dollar acquisition of The Climate Company by Monsanto 2013 - As Commercial Operations Lead and CIO of $1 Billion dollar business. Chris created the global Portfolio Management strategy to manage existing and launch new products in the marketplace. 2014 - Chris Implemented CRM platform with global sales processes across $1 Billion line of business. Resulting in 10% increase in Revenue. 2016 - Chris is asked to carry over his success to a $17 Billion organization to implement Marketing Automation, Sales Effectiveness processes, Revenue and Product Optimization processes, and Demand Generation / Trialing processes. 2018 – Chris joined Ardent Mills, the largest producer / miller of flour and specialty grains in North America, as the Chief Information Officer.

  • 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.



  • Ginna Raahauge
    Chief Technology Officer & SVP, Strategy & Architecture
    Catholic Health Initiatives

    Ginna Raahauge currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI).   CHI is a $17B and growing healthcare company.  Raahauge is a business-orientated technology leader who has played a key leadership role defining and delivering strategies that bring value to customers, partners, and shareholders of the organizations that she represents.  

    Bringing more than 25 years of technology and business leadership experience across the high tech industry vertical, Raahauge has reported to several C-level positions and provided strategic direction and advice to the company and its Board of Directors.  Raahauge has a proven track record and commitment to innovation cycles, operational excellence and unique understanding of the challenges in both developing and applying technology for transformations or turnarounds.   As a respected technology executive, Raahauge was invited to become a member of Sutter Hill Ventures CIO Advisory Board (http://www.shv.com ) which is a highly successful venture firm established in 1962.

    For the past 5 years, Raahauge also serves as Board member and member of the Diligence Team for acquisitions, of a non-profit, MentorNet, with a mission to ensure the success of the technology and engineering (STEM) workforce of the future.  As a current Board member, Raahauge has advised through several turnaround scenarios and re-launch assessments, including developing strategies that capture new business models.  Raahauge is a co-founder of an angel investment firm that specializes in bringing capital to demographics that have historically been ignored.   She is an active investor and funded Series A, B, C rounds for early start inventions.

    Prior to her roles as a CIO at Riverbed and Informatica, Raahauge served as Vice President, IT at Cisco, where she was responsible for the entire technology platform that delivered Cisco's core revenue capturing revenue growth from $36B to $46B.   During her tenure, Raahauge authored and executed on several transformational strategies that enabled several business models to scale across the technology platforms with an eye on simplification and innovative solutions.  Raahauge is also experienced in other Operational functions related to M&A, Risk Management, Integrations, Divestitures, Global Corporate Real Estate. 

    Ms. Raahauge is internationally recognized leader and recipient of numerous awards focused on transformational technology initiatives, diversity, and women in technology.  She regularly contributes technology and leadership articles that have been published in Forbes, WSJ, Computerworld, WIRED, CIO.com, HBR Publications – Enterprisers Project, and other international publications.

    She and her husband, Jason, enjoy time on the lake wakeboarding, running, biking, attending their son’s swim competitions, and split their time between San Francisco and Denver.   

  • Sheri Rhodes
    EVP & CTO
    Western Union

    With more than 25 years of technology industry experience, Sheri Rhodes is Chief Technology Officer of Western Union, one of the largest digital money transfer and payments companies in the world.

    As CTO, Rhodes defines and leads Western Union’s technology vision and digital transformation, directing strategy and technology investments in the company’s global money movement and payments platform. In this role, she oversees Western Union’s engineering resources, fintech agenda, technology infrastructure and operations across the firm’s major innovation centers in Denver, San Francisco, Montvale, New Jersey and Pune, India.                                                                  

    Prior to joining Western Union, Rhodes served as Chief Information Officer at EFI, a global provider of products, technology and services leading the transformation of analog-to-digital imaging and printing.

    Earlier in her career, she spent six years at Symantec, leading global applications, driving strategy and the execution of more than 200 software applications and platforms responsible for powering Symantec’s business, including Salesforce.com, Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning and Workday. Rhodes also played a pivotal role in strategically dividing IT operations when Symantec divested Veritas. Under her leadership, Symantec IT was recognized by the International Data Group with the 2015 Digital Edge 25 award, which honors organizations that have leveraged digital technologies to transform their business.

    Prior to joining Symantec, Sheri held leadership positions at Visa, Washington Mutual, KPMG, and Wells Fargo, where she directed and structured operations and technical organizations including engineering, applications and infrastructure.

    Rhodes holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and a Master of Business Administration from San Diego State University.

  • Sheryl Rose
    Catholic Health Initiatives

    Sheryl Rose, an experienced IT security and audit professional, has been CISO since 2010 at Catholic Health Initiatives, a nonprofit, faith-based health system that is one of the nation's largest, comprised of 105 hospitals and a variety of other health-based facilities spanning the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care in 19 states.

    In her role as CISO, Rose has responsibility for all aspects of IT security including security risk management and compliance, threat management and incident response, security architecture, engineering and operations, identity/access management, and disaster recovery. She has worked in the audit and security fields for more than 20 years, gaining most of her experience in the financial services sector. Before coming to CHI, she spent 12 years at First Data as VP of global security operations. She has also worked at Wells Fargo and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

    Rose earned a master's degree in computer information systems from Regis University and an undergraduate degree in accounting. She holds several professional certifications including CISA, CISM and CRISC.

  • Bart Waress
    Vice President, IT
    Discovery Natural Resources

    Bart Waress is a veteran IT leader known for his business partnering and strategic technical road mapping. Bart has lead IT teams in oil & gas, healthcare, banking and finance, warranty, and telecommunications and cable industries over the last 20 years.

  • Jedidiah Yueh
    Founder and Chairman

    Jedidiah Yueh has led two waves of disruption in data management, first as founding CEO of Avamar (sold to EMC in 2006 for $165M), which pioneered data de-duplication and shipped one of the leading products in data backup and recovery, with over 20,000 customers and $4B in cumulative sales. After Avamar, Jed founded Delphix, which pioneered data virtualization, with over $200M in its first 7 years of sales (10x Avamar over the same period) and over 30% of the Global 100 as customers. At the 2010 Fall DEMO conference, Delphix won a DEMO God award, and in 2013, the San Francisco Business Times named Jed CEO of the Year. Well connected in the venture community, Jed has raised over $150M from over 10 VCs and has more than 25 patents in data management. After being designated a US Presidential Scholar by George H. Bush, Jed graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude from Harvard. As Executive Chairman at Delphix, Jed partners with executives at industry leaders from Apple to Walmart to help them drive innovation through software.

  • Denis Zerr
    SVP, ITS
    Catholic Health Initiatives


September 06, 2018, 7:00 AM-5:30 PM
The Ritz-Carlton Denver

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 - 8:50 AM

HMG Lead, Innovate, Disrupt Tech Talk:  Building Your Own Culture of Innovation The Amazon Way

Wes Arens, Former Amazon Executive, Digital Advisor and Strategist

Leaders at Amazon expect and require innovation and invention from their teams. They are externally aware and look for new ideas everywhere. Amazon has a thrilling power to innovate and disrupt. Wes Arens, a former Amazon executive turned business advisor to CEOs, will explain how leaders with vision and the fortitude to ask the hard questions can create a principled led culture of innovation of their own.

8:40 AM - 9:00 AM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

HMG Lead, Innovate, Disrupt Tech Talk: Reinventing the American Dream

Jedidiah Yueh, Founder and Chairman, Delphix

Learn why the classics on innovation, including The Innovator’s Dilemma and The Lean Startup, are failing businesses worldwide. With disruptive forces accelerating, businesses need to learn the key frameworks for repeated success that continue to power Silicon Valley.

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

10:00 AM - 10:40 AM  

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

JP Batra, Interim CIO/CTO Strategic Initiatives, Blue River International, Inc.

Ken Krieger, CIO, The Judge Group

Chris Meyerpeter, CIO, Ardent Mills 

TBD: Equinix

TBD: Nutanix

Moderator:  Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

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 real-world applications of advanced technologies that are driving speed to market and a competitive edge. 

10:40 AM - 11:10 AM 

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

11:10 AM - 11:50 PM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Reimagine, Reinvent:  Building a Customer-Centric Organization in Highly Disruptive Times

David Bessen, Director and CIO, Arapahoe County Government

Jackie Bower, Data Privacy Program Manager, Jeppesen

William Chumley, Chief Customer Officer, State of Colorado

Anthony Hill,
 Executive Director, Business & Enterprise Architecture, Kaiser Permanente

Moderator:  JP Batra, Interim CIO/CTO Strategic Initiatives, Blue River International, Inc.

As businesses strive to respond to shifting customer preferences and needs, CEOs expect CIOs and technology executives to serve as trusted business advisors who can help the C-suite to reimagine and reinvent the customer experience in the digital age and help the organization gain a competitive edge. This requires CIOs and their IT teams to gain a deeper understanding of external customers and their interests and to orchestrate how people, processes, and technologies can be melded to provide simplified customer experiences. This panel of technology executives will discuss their roles in leading customer-centric strategies along with how they can work with fellow members of the C-suite in fostering a customer-focused organization. 

11:50 PM - 1:00 PM  


1:00 PM - 1:30 PM  

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

Renee Arrington, Senior Vice President, Pearson Partners International, Inc.

Tony Leng, Managing Director and CIO Practice Leader, Diversified Search

Moderator: Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

Today’s technology executive plays a pivotal role in helping his or her organization respond to the forces of change needed to become a digital enterprise, no matter what industry they are in. What are the top skills and traits necessary to lead a successful digital transformation, develop collaboration with the C-suite and board, and to achieve the future vision? 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.     

1:30 PM - 2:10 PM

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Balancing Agility, Innovation, and Security

Glenn Dally, CISO, Molson Coors Brewing Company

Sheryl Rose
, CISO, Catholic Health Initiatives

Bart Waress, VP IT, Discovery Natural Resources

Henry Yu, CISO, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

Moderator:  Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

Competitive advantage requires agility and innovation. At the same time data, assets, intellectual capital must be protected. This panel will focus on how to foster innovation and leverage security as a competitive advantage, providing strategies that can be quickly implemented to achieve the overall goal of secure innovation.

2:10 PM - 2:40 PM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

2:40 PM - 3:40 PM 

EXECUTIVE ROUNDTABLE WORKGROUPS: Exploring the Five Most Impactful Technology Trends of 2018 

These moderated executive roundtable discussions allow attendees to brainstorm on the top opportunities for applying specific technologies along with the challenges that must be overcome to succeed.

  1. AI and Machine Learning (SESSION LEAD: Denis Zerr, SVP, ITS, Catholic Health Initiatives)
  2. Cloud (SESSION LEAD:  Anthony Hill, Executive Director, Business & Enterprise Architecture, Kaiser Permanente)
  3. Blockchain (SESSION LEAD:  Mark Hellbusch, CISSP, MBA, Senior Cybersecurity Consultant)
  4. Career and Leadership (SESSION LEAD:  Tony Leng, Managing Director and CIO Practice Leader, Diversified Search)
  5. Digital Disruption (SESSION LEAD:  David Bessen, Director and CIO, Arapahoe County Government)

3:40 PM - 3:50 PM

Transition Break

3:50 PM - 4:30 PM

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Lead Courageously as the CEO of Technology

Brenda Horn, Global CIO, ECS, Arrow Electronics

Stephen Katsirubas
, CIO, Hunter Douglas

Ginna Raahauge, CTO & SVP Strategy & Architecture, Catholic Health Initiatives

Sheri Rhodes, EVP & CTO, Western Union

Moderator:  Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG 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 while striking a balance between the current and future states.                        

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Raffle Prizes and Executive Networking Reception

Platinum Partners

  • Equinix

    Equinix Inc. connects the world's leading businesses to their customers, employees and partners inside the most interconnected data centers. In 44 markets across five continents, Equinix is where companies come together to realize new opportunities and accelerate their business, IT and cloud strategies.

  • Nutanix

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

  • The Judge Group

    The Judge Group is a leading professional services firm specializing in Technology Consulting, Learning, and Staffing Solutions. Judge’s applications and infrastructure services include support for Agile/DevOps transformations and disruptive technologies including A.I. & machine learning, big data, robotic process automation, blockchain, and cybersecurity. With over 48 years of experience, Judge employs more than 7,000 professionals through its 35 offices in the US, Canada, India, and China. Judge is the 12th largest IT staffing firm in the US as ranked by Staffing Industry Analysts, and has consistently been recognized among the top 2% of industry leaders for client and talent satisfaction.


Gold Partners

  • AutonomIQ

    AutonomIQ is a cloud platform that enables product and IT teams to autonomously test, release and deploy software, thereby increasing velocity of software releases without compromising quality. With pre-built integrations to common web applications and SaaS providers, customers can instantly create test cases, generate test scripts and test data, and execute tests. Using deep-learning and AI algorithms, AutonomIQ detects changes, enables self-healing for test assets and provides advanced diagnostics. In real world situations, AutonomIQ has been shown to provide over ~50% improvement in speed and quality compared to existing tools and techniques.

  • Neudesic

    Neudesic is the trusted technology partner in business innovation, delivering impactful business results to clients through digital modernization and evolution. Our consultants bring business and technology expertise together, offering a wide range of cloud and data-driven solutions, including: custom application development, comprehensive managed services, and business software products. Founded in 2002, Neudesic is a privately held company headquartered in Irvine, California, and is celebrating its 15th Anniversary in 2017.

  • Pure Storage

    Pure Storage helps customers build a better world with data. The Pure Storage Data Platform, powered by all-flash storage, offers a simpler, more effective, and more flexible solution for cloud infrastructure and data-rich applications like artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data analytics. With Satmetrix-certified NPS performance in the top 1% of B2B companies, Pure has an ever-expanding range of customers who are some of the happiest in the world.

  • Zerto

    Developed exclusively for virtualized and cloud environments, Zerto is rapidly becoming the standard for disaster recovery and business continuity in the modern data center. The company’s award-winning solution, Zerto Virtual Replication (ZVR), is the industry’s first hypervisor-based, virtual aware, data replication software, offering simplicity and greatly reduced operational and maintenance costs compared to legacy array-based replication.


Supporting Partners

  • Fuze

    Fuze is a global, cloud-based unified communications platform. Designed for the way people work, Fuze powers business conversations and insights across the modern enterprise. With a single unified voice, video, and messaging application, people can now communicate anytime, anywhere, across any device.


Breakfast Partners

  • YASH

    YASH Technologies focuses on enabling customers to succeed and drive IT business transformation. As a leading technology services and outsourcing partner for medium, large and fast growing global customers, we leverage technology and our flexible delivery models to drive performance and business value throughout a customer's enterprise. YASH Customer centric engagement and managed services delivery framework integrate specialized domain and consulting capabilities with proprietary methodologies and solution Offerings to provision application, infrastructure and end user focused right-sourcing services. Headquartered in the United States with Delivery and Sales Centers globally, YASH serves its customers across six continents.

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 Colorado

    The Society for Information Management (SIM) is a not-for-profit organization of information technology experts, including CIO’s, CTO’s and emerging IT leaders, as well as key professionals within the IT community, such as academicians and consultants. SIM’s mission is to support IT leaders in the greater Colorado area by increasing the knowledge base of members, giving back to local communities, increasing awareness on issues of importance to our local community, developing the next generation of effective IT leaders and establishing a forum to bring together IT professionals across industries.


The Ritz-Carlton Denver

1881 Curtis Street
Denver, CO

Room rate is $349/night. This rate expires on August 6, 2018.

To book a room, please call 1-800-265-1926 and mention the HMG Strategy Room Block.

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