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2023 Houston CIO Executive Leadership Summit

Texas – Thu, 11-16-2023 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Visionary Leadership:  Driving a Modern AI Enterprise and Secure Digital Agenda

Inflationary pressures and other macro-economic challenges are creating headwinds for technology executives and fellow members of the C-suite to execute on and achieve strategic goals through 2023. The fast-changing socio-economic landscape is prompting technology executives to become more creative than ever in a cost-conscious environment and to draw upon authentic and inclusive leadership skills to inspire their teams. Meanwhile, tech leaders will need to remain laser focused on new ransomware, phishing and crypto mining attacks amidst budgetary pressures.
Here are the four prevailing leadership and technology trends that HMG Strategy will be focusing on throughout its 2023 Executive Leadership Summit Series:

  • Innovation & Invention to Spur Revenue Growth
  • Fostering World-Class Collaboration and Teaming
  • Harnessing Advanced Technology to Drive Cost Reduction
  • Securing a Global Digital Agenda

Global economic challenges are creating unique opportunities for business technology executives to foster a collaborative culture, embrace fresh innovative approaches, and develop strong partnerships to leverage hot technologies such as AI, ChatGPT, cloud platforms and cyber technologies to securely move the needle for the business and win in tumultuous times.

November 16, 2023, 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM CT

7:30 – 8:30 AM 

Breakfast and Networking

8:30 – 8:50 AM                                                                   

Welcome and Introduction

Hunter Muller, Founder and CEO, HMG Strategy and co-host Bhupesh Arora, Vice President & CIO, Magellan Midstream Partners L.P.

8:50 – 9:05 AM                                                                                                

EXECUTIVE FIRESIDE CHAT:  Implications of AI on Magellan Midstream Partners

Bhupesh Arora, Vice President & CIO, Magellan Midstream Partners L.P. interviewed by Clif Triplett, Executive Director, KEARNEY

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a potential game-changing technology that can transform most industries and create new opportunities for value creation. However, AI also poses significant challenges and risks that need to be carefully managed and mitigated.

In this timely session, Clif Triplett will interview Bhupesh Arora on where he sees the greatest opportunity for generating business with AI, what approach he may take to embrace the technology and what risks AI may introduce to the organization, or if AI can be a risk mitigation technology that can help improve operational efficiency, safety, reliability and resilience of assets and services.

9:05 – 9:15 AM                                                                                          

HMG 2023 Global Leadership Institute Award Presentation to Bhupesh Arora, Vice President & CIO, Magellan Midstream Partners L.P. and Clif Triplett, Executive Director, KEARNEY

9:15 – 9:35 AM                                                                              

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

9:35 – 10:10 AM 

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Security Innovation:  Going Beyond Protection to Make Security a Competitive Advantage

Moderator:  Clif Triplett, Executive Director, KEARNEY

Jerich Beason, CISO, Waste Management

Stephanie Franklin-Thomas, SVP/CISO, ABM

Brendan Sullivan, SVP Intelligent Edge Solutions, Viasat

Cybersecurity strategies are often developed with a defensive mindset. But for companies that have strong safeguards in place, this can provide them with a competitive advantage over industry rivals – especially if they are using AI to help strengthen their posture.

In this timely and compelling executive panel discussion, CISOs and security leaders will share how cybersecurity can provide organizations with a competitive edge along with the steps that can be taken to do so and the role that AI can play in these efforts.

10:10 – 10:15 AM

HMG 2023 Global Leadership Institute Award Presentation to Stephanie Franklin-Thomas, SVP/CISO, ABM

10:15 – 10:35 AM                                                                              

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

10:35 – 10:45 AM

EXECUTIVE TECH TALK:  Preparing Boards on New SEC Rulings

Al Lindseth, Principal, CI5O Advisory Services LLC

Recent studies and surveys indicate that the communication gap between Boards and CISOs is improving.  However, the pressure to accelerate and improve this is moving faster, as evidenced by the proposed SEC rules which include disclosure of your Board’s cybersecurity expertise.  Al Lindseth has been solving Board-level issues, wearing multiple hats including Chief Risk Officer, CIO and CISO at a Fortune 100 company, and presenting/collaborating/advising on connecting with Boards for decades.  Al will give a short briefing to assist with CISOs and CIOs connecting with their Boards more effectively in preparation of the upcoming SEC rules.

10:45 – 11:20 AM                                                                               

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Tapping Innovative Technologies and Partnerships to Drive Cost Containment and Power Business Growth

Moderator:  Hunter Muller, Founder and CEO, HMG Strategy 

Navin Advani, Vice President, Global Supply Chain, Merchandising, and Innovation Technology, Sysco

Eric Ensminger, CIO, City Brewing

Al Lindseth, Principal, CI5O Advisory Services LLC

Brian Williams, Sr. Director, SAP AMS, Rimini Street

Many technology executives find themselves between a rock and a hard place. CEOs and CFOs are leaning on CIOs and technology leaders to find ways to reduce costs in a tight economy. On the other hand, technology executives are being counted upon to utilize hot technologies that can spark new business innovation and to support digital business models.

This panel of executives will share use cases for advanced technologies and partnerships that can lower costs and drive new business value.

11:20 – 11:40 AM                                                                                 

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

11:40 AM – 12:00 PM                                                                               

EXECUTIVE FIRESIDE CHAT:  Accelerating Value Realization from Cloud Investments 

Mike Phelan, SVP Worldwide Solutions, Nutanix interviewed by Hunter Muller, Founder and CEO, HMG Strategy

There’s a paradox in the cloud. Public cloud infrastructure has set the standard for increased agility and flexibility — but the cost and refactoring effort is under scrutiny and challenging business’ ability to take advantage of it. In addition, cost management initiatives result in businesses leveraging multiple clouds driving increased complexity.

Hear from Mike Phelan as he discusses best practices to continue to innovate in a digital world, while making the most of your on-prem, managed and public cloud investments.

12:00 – 1:00 PM                                                                            

Lunch and Networking

SIM Houston News – George Crawford, CIO/CISO/Partner, Catapult Energy Services Group LLC

HMG 2023 Global Leadership Institute Award Photo

  Bhupesh Arora, Vice President & CIO, Magellan Midstream Partners L.P.

  Puneet Bhasin, EVP, Global Chief Information and Digital Officer, Unum

  George Crawford, CIO/CISO/Partner, Catapult Energy Services Group LLC

  Stephanie Franklin-Thomas, SVP/CISO, ABM

  Clif Triplett, Executive Director, KEARNEY

  Denis Zerr, Chief Information and Technology Officer, Radiology Partners

1:00 – 1:20 PM                                                                                   

START-UP SHOWCASE:  The HMG Innovation Accelerator

CEOs from top technology startups will share the challenges they solve for clients, the innovation they deliver to companies, and how their solutions are differentiated in the market. They will also provide insights into the current state of the startup landscape, and how CIOs can leverage startups to accelerate their businesses’ success. The panelists will be available to answer questions and provide feedback on how their respective solutions can help CIOs succeed.

Moderator:  Hunter Muller, Founder and CEO, HMG Strategy

Shane Coleman, VP Sales Engineering, Cyera

Julie O’Brien, CMO, Dazz

Ford Parsons, Lead Solutions Engineer, Wiz

1:20 – 1:55 PM

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Visionary Leadership:  Driving a Modern AI Enterprise and a Secure Digital Agenda

Moderator: George Crawford, CIO/CISO/Partner, Catapult Energy Services Group LLC

Ana Bennett, VP of IT, Hisco, Inc.

Puneet Bhasin, EVP, Global Chief Information and Digital Officer, Unum

Darnell Jackson, CEO, My Krill

Michael McNeil, SVP & Global CISO, McKesson Corporation

Global economic challenges are creating unique opportunities for business technology executives to foster a collaborative culture, embrace fresh innovative approaches, and develop strong partnerships to leverage hot technologies such as AI, ChatGPT, cloud platforms and cyber technologies to securely move the needle for the business and win in tumultuous times. At the same time, tech leaders will need to remain laser focused on new ransomware, phishing and crypto mining attacks amidst budgetary pressures.

In this powerful Executive Panel discussion, world-class CIOs and technology executives will share the steps they’ve taken to cultivate a collaborative culture and embrace innovative approaches to position their companies to succeed in a challenging environment while securing the hybrid workplace.

1:55 – 2:05 PM

HMG 2023 Global Leadership Institute Award Presentation  to Puneet Bhasin, EVP, Global Chief Information and Digital Officer, Unum and George Crawford, CIO/CISO/Partner, Catapult Energy Services Group LLC and Denis Zerr, Chief Information and Technology Officer, Radiology Partners                                                      

2:05 – 2:30 PM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

2:30 – 2:50 PM                                                                                   

EXECUTIVE FIRESIDE CHAT:  Make Every Dollar Count: How to Maximize the Value of Tech Spend 

Josh Bauman, Sr. Director, FinOps & Cloud, Apptio interviewed by Hunter Muller, Founder and CEO, HMG Strategy

Technology executives are cautiously finding their way in today’s economy, tightening budgets while looking for opportunities to invest in growth. Advancements in technology and applications offer the opportunity to gain a competitive edge, but leaders need to ruthlessly prioritize their investments – aligning spend, data and insights to inform fast decision making while ensuring they are driving ROI. In this session, Josh Bauman from Apptio will share real-world success stories of how innovation leaders are re-shaping their future with smarter investment strategies, processes and technology.  

2:50 – 3:20 PM                                                                                          

EXECUTIVE FIRESIDE CHAT:  Achieving Simplicity in a Multi-Cloud Environment

MODERATOR: Hellmut Ometzberger, Sr. Director of Information Technology, MRC Global

Pat Furr, AVP Infrastructure & Healthcare Technologies, Texas Children’s

Timothy Jackson, CIO, Diamond Offshore

Teresa Tonthat, Vice President & Associate CIO, Texas Children’s

As companies continue to use a variety of SaaS, IaaS and other multi-cloud environments, this can make it more challenging for IT teams to manage costs and workloads. In this timely Executive Panel discussion, top-tier business technology leaders and industry experts share their advice for reducing cloud spend in a highly distributed model while addressing security and agility along with determining which battles to take on – or circumvent — with business leaders.                                                  

3:20 – 3:25 PM                                                                                   

Transition Break

3:25 – 4:00 PM                                                                                    

BREAKTHROUGH INSIGHTS PANEL:  Generative AI:  Will it Revolutionize the Digital Experience?

Moderator: Dan Durkin, Managing Director of Information Technology, YES Prep Public Schools

Antonio Marin, CIO, US Med Equip, LLC

Subash Chandra Pakhrin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering Technology, University of Houston – Downtown

Sudhakar Virupakshi, SVP & CIO, Buckeye Partners

Denis Zerr, Chief Information and Technology Officer, Radiology Partners

A looming recession and softening business conditions have prompted many senior leadership teams to focus on cost cutting. Nevertheless, business technology leaders are still being counted upon to help drive innovation and to create new revenue opportunities. One way to do that is by leveraging artificial intelligence tools such as ChatGPT and Generative AI to unearth fresh insights into customer preferences and shifting behaviors that can then spur new business opportunities ahead of the market. 

In this executive panel discussion, world-class CIOs, technology leaders and industry executives share their recommendations for utilizing data and AI tools to mine new business opportunities and to monetize data more effectively.

4:00 PM                                                                                   

Closing Remarks & Raffle Prizes


Bhupesh Arora

Vice President & CIO
Magellan Midstream Partners L.P.

Puneet Bhasin

EVP, Global Chief Information and Digital Officer

Jesse Carrillo

Chief Innovation Officer
The Howard Hughes Corporation

Joe Carroll

CITGO Petroleum Corporation

Ishmael Cooper

Nordson Corporation

Myra Davis

Chief Information Innovation Officer
Texas Children\’s

Twila Day

Huntsman Corporation

Diego Fonseca de Souza

Global Chief Information Security Officer
Cummins Inc.

Chris Gates


Gene Janiszewski

Managing Director / CEO
Paradigm Group, Inc.

Paul Krueger

Former VP, Digital Transformation (Retired)
JB Poindexter, Inc.

Al Lindseth

CI5O Advisory Services LLC

Michael McNeil

SVP & Global CISO
McKesson Corporation

Hunter Muller

Founder & CEO
HMG Strategy

Tom Peck

EVP, Chief Information and Digital Officer

Ken Piddington

U.S. Silica Company

Melanie Kirkwood Ruiz

CIO/ Technology Officer

Anup Sharma

Executive Group Director, Information and Digital Delivery

Wayne Shurts

Former EVP & CTO

Charles Thompson

Port of Houston Authority

Clif Triplett

Executive Director

Ross Tucker

Texas United Management

Kathy VanLandingham


Paul Yust

Common Sense IT Leadership, LLP

Advisory Board

Bhupesh Arora

Vice President & CIO
Magellan Midstream Partners L.P.

Trent Aulbaugh

Egon Zehnder

Sean Barnes

Founder and Principal
WSS Solutions

Keith Bethel

Vice President of OperationsVice
Fairfield-Maxwell Ltd.

Chet Bhat

Senior IT Executive

Edward Block

CISO Principal Practice Manager – Managed Services
Apollo Information Systems

Mike Coogan

Managing Director
The Hugginn Group

George Crawford

Catapult Energy Services Group LLC

Jay Crotts

Founder Digital CIO Solutions
Digital CIO Solutions LLC

Marc Crudgington

Founder, CEO, vCIO/vCISO
CyberFore Systems Corp.

Jamey Cummings

Partner – Cybersecurity and Technology
JM Search

Dave Cummings

Member Board Of Directors
Sanctuary AI

Diego Fonseca de Souza

Global Chief Information Security Officer
Cummins Inc.

Dan Durkin

Managing Director of Information Technology
YES Prep Public Schools

Stephanie Franklin-Thomas

CISO and Board Member

Jorge Frausto


George Gaddie

The University of Texas Medical Branch

Bill Homes

VP of Risk Governance
Loomis Armored US, Inc.

Bhushan Ivaturi


Darnell Jackson

President and CEO

Terry Janis

Account COO/Commercial Lead
NTT Data Services

Jeremy Jones

Pye-Barker Fire & Safety

Russell Jukes

Chief Digital Officer
DXC Technology

Steve Kendrick

KER Partners

Murshid Khan

Chief Information Officer
Coastal Credit Union

Geetha Krishnan

Stewart Tile

Keith Landau

Chief Information Officer
Casella Waste Systems, Inc.

Charles Li

Former Chief Data Officer for Trading & Supply

Antonio Marin

US Med-Equip, LLC

Aakrati Mehta

Executive Director of Security
Baker Hughes

Sindhu Menon

Chief Information Officer
Harris County

John Del Mixon

Vice President Information Technology Services
Service Corporation International

Tim Morgan

CEO & Managing Director

David Mosley


Luis Oliveira

Vice President of Applications Development
Howard Hughes Holdings Inc.

Hellmut Ometzberger

Sr. Director of Information Technology
MRC Global

Vikas Parikh

Chief Digital & Information Officer

Nicholas Parrotta

President, Digital Transformation Solutions Business
Harman International

Greg Percival

Director Of Information Technology (2019 to Present) Vice President / CIO Of Carrizo Oil (2014-2019)
Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc.

Mike Perroni

Digital Business Services

Mark Polansky

Executive in Residence, HMG Strategy Former Senior Partner
Korn Ferry

Brad Rable

President, Technology and Operations
Stewart Tile

Paul Ramsay

Pike Corporation

Lenny Schad

CIO in Residence
District Administration Leadership Institute

Mark Seale

City of Houston

Dee Singh

Cimarron Energy

Allan Sommer

Vice President

Greg Stewart

Enerflex Ltd.

Brendan Sullivan

SVP Intelligent Edge Solutions

Astin Thomas

President & Principal Consultant
Double Helix Digital

Tim Tindle


Teresa Tonthat

Vice President & Associate CIO
Texas Children\’s

Mark Urbis

Fortium Partners, LP

Rennu Varghese

Friedkin Companies

Peter Vogel

Attorney & Counselor at Law
Vogel IT Law

Kathy Welch

Alvarez & Marsal

Rob Zelinka

Jack Henry & Associates, Inc.®

Denis Zerr

Chief Information and Technology Officer
Radiology Partners

Presenting Partners

  • Apptio

    Apptio, an IBM company, is the leading technology spend and value management software provider. Apptio’s AI-powered data insights empower leaders to make smarter financial and operational decisions across Information Technology (IT), multi-cloud FinOps, and digital product development. Apptio’s mission is to deliver business value with every technology investment and team. Powered by Apptio’s cloud platform, Apptio’s SaaS applications translate technology spend into clear business outcomes and financial ROI. As a pioneer and category leader in Technology Business Management (TBM), FinOps, and Agile Portfolio Management, Apptio works with thousands of customers, partners, and community members worldwide. For more information, please visit
  • Nutanix

    Nutanix offers a single platform to run all your apps and data across multiple clouds while simplifying operations and reducing complexity. Trusted by companies worldwide, Nutanix powers hybrid multicloud environments efficiently and cost effectively. This enables companies to focus on successful business outcomes and new innovations.

Platinum Partners

  • MyKrill

    MyKrill is a strategic Digital & IT Solutions Partner, Obsessively Focused On Customers and Outcomes! We help our clients create meaningful change and triumphant outcomes for their business. We are here to leverage our collective experience and provide strategic digital and technology solutions for small and mid-sized companies across various industries, that will help our clients explore the possibilities and transition them from the physical world to a digital future. We provide services that extend to a few key categories: – IT Advisory Services – ERP evaluations & implementation support – Strategic application selection, customization, and implementation – Factional CIO Services – Digital solutions management
  • Rimini Street

    Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI), a Russell 2000® Company, is a global provider of end-to-end enterprise software support, products and services, the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software and a Salesforce and AWS partner. The Company has operations globally and offers a comprehensive family of unified solutions to run, manage, support, customize, configure, connect, protect, monitor, and optimize enterprise application, database, and technology software, and enables clients to achieve better business outcomes, significantly reduce costs and reallocate resources for innovation. To date, over 5,200 Fortune 500, Fortune Global 100, midmarket, public sector, and other organizations from a broad range of industries have relied on Rimini Street as their trusted enterprise software solutions provider. To learn more, please visit, and connect with Rimini Street on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn. (IR-RMNI)

Gold Partners

  • Glean

    Glean searches across all your company’s apps to help you find exactly what you need and discover the things you should know. Powered by next-generation AI, Glean delivers highly personalized results based on who you are, what you’re working on, and who you’re working with. With Glean, employees quickly find the answers they need— or the people who can help. Setup is quick and doesn’t require professional services or manual fine-tuning. Led by Arvind Jain (Google, Rubrik Co-founder), Glean has funding from Sequoia Capital, General Catalyst, Kleiner Perkins, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and The Slack Fund.
  • Lakeside Software

    The future of workforce productivity will rely on digital employee experience and elimination of digital blindspots. Lakeside addresses this need with a modern cloud platform that uniquely combines complete real-time and historical experience data with intelligent edge-based analytics needed for IT to proactively improve digital employee experience at scale. ​
  • Netskope

    Netskope, a global cybersecurity leader, is redefining cloud, data, and network security to help organizations apply zero trust principles to protect data. Fast and easy to use, the Netskope platform provides optimized access and zero trust security for people, devices, and data anywhere they go. Netskope helps customers reduce risk, accelerate performance, and get unrivaled visibility into any cloud, web, and private application activity. Thousands of customers, including more than 25 of the Fortune 100, trust Netskope and its powerful NewEdge network to address evolving threats, new risks, technology shifts, organizational and network changes, and new regulatory requirements. Learn how Netskope helps customers be ready for anything on their SASE journey.
  • 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.

Supporting Partners

  • Aisera

    Aisera is the industry’s first proactive, personalized, and predictive AI Service Management (AISM) solution that is purpose-built to automate tasks and actions for IT, HR, Facilities, and Customer Service. Aisera’s next-generation AI Service Desk works with existing service desk solutions to deliver an end-to-end AI Service Experience for employees and customers. The AI Service Desk automates and resolves more than 50 percent of tasks, requests, and workflows to deliver self-service to users.
  • Box

    Box (NYSE:BOX) is the leading Content Cloud, a single platform that empowers organizations to manage the entire content lifecycle, work securely from anywhere, and integrate across best-of-breed apps. Founded in 2005, Box simplifies work for leading global organizations, including AstraZeneca, JLL, and Nationwide. Box is headquartered in Redwood City, CA, with offices across the United States, Europe, and Asia. Visit to learn more. And visit to learn more about how Box empowers nonprofits to fulfill their missions.
  • Meriplex

    Meriplex is a managed technology solutions provider that enables transformation by combining secure, innovative technology with advanced expertise. As a trusted partner, we deliver business-driven solutions that provide the scalability and support needed to power growth for organizations. To learn more, visit or follow us on LinkedIn.
  • Minntek & Hitachi Vantara

    Minntek Solutions helps organizations achieve their goals and objectives through technology innovation. We work with our customers to develop and implement technology solutions that meet today’s needs but are built to transform and adapt to tomorrow’s demands. We are customer-focused, striving to exceed expectations and bring the absolute best value to our customers.

    Hitachi Vantara delivers intelligent and resilient data platforms, infrastructure systems, and digital expertise that supports more than 80% of the world’s Fortune 100. Hitachi Vantara turns businesses from data-rich to data-driven via agile digital processes, products, and experiences with cost effective solutions and world leading support.

  • Nexthink

    Nexthink is the leader in digital employee experience management software. The company gives IT leaders unprecedented insight into employees’ daily experiences of technology at the device level – freeing IT to progress from reactive problem solving to proactive optimization. Nexthink enables its more than 1,000 customers to provide better digital experiences to more than 13 million employees. Dual headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland and Boston, Massachusetts, Nexthink has 9 offices worldwide.
  • Okta

    Okta is the leading independent identity provider. The Okta Identity Cloud enables organizations to securely connect the right people to the right technologies at the right time. With more than 7,000 pre-built integrations to applications and infrastructure providers, Okta provides simple and secure access to people and organizations everywhere, giving them the confidence to reach their full potential. More than 10,000 organizations, including JetBlue, Nordstrom, Siemens, Slack, T-Mobile, Takeda, Teach for America, and Twilio, trust Okta to help protect the identities of their workforces and customers.
  • Tata Consultancy Services

    Tata Consultancy Services is an IT services, consulting and business solutions organization that has been partnering with many of the world’s largest businesses in their transformation journeys for over 55 years. Its consulting-led, cognitive powered, portfolio of business, technology and engineering services and solutions is delivered through its unique Location Independent Agile™ delivery model, recognized as a benchmark of excellence in software development.

    A part of the Tata group, India’s largest multinational business group, TCS has over 614,000 of the world’s best-trained consultants in 55 countries. The company generated consolidated revenues of US $27.9 billion in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2023, and is listed on the BSE and the NSE in India. TCS’ proactive stance on climate change and award-winning work with communities across the world have earned it a place in leading sustainability indices such as the MSCI Global Sustainability Index and the FTSE4Good Emerging Index.

Association Partners

  • Genesys Works

    Genesys Works provides pathways to career success for emerging young professionals from historically excluded communities starting their senior year in high school through skills training, meaningful work experiences, and impactful relationships. The program consists of 8 weeks of technical and professional skills training, paid year-long internships with major companies, college and career coaching, and alumni support to and through acquiring professional credentials and/or college. Genesys Works’ goal is to build career opportunity and economic equity in every community so that all people, regardless of their race, gender, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status, have equitable access to career opportunities leading to sustained economic mobility. Since its founding in 2002, Genesys Works has grown to serve thousands of students annually in Houston, Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, the San Francisco Bay Area, Washington’s National Capital Region and New York City, and is looking to rapidly expand into 100 cities in the next ten years. To learn more, visit
  • SIM Houston

    SIM(Society of Information Management) International is a professional networking and collaborative group of senior IT executives, CIO’s , VP’s of IT, Directors, prominent academicians, selected consultants, and other IT thought leaders. SIM has over 39 local chapters and 5,000 members from more than 500 major organizations around the world. SIM-Houston is a very active chapter with over 220+ members and growing and offers monthly meetings where executive peers hear presentations by top practitioners, industry leaders and recognized experts in information technology and the business community. SIM-Houston offers many opportunities for social and fun events (top golf, golf tournaments, clay pigeon, etc.), community involvement in STEM, financial support and scholarship for our technical high school, college and entrepreneur organizations. Our vision is to be recognized in the community as the best organization most preferred by IT leaders for delivering vital knowledge that creates business value and enables personal development. If you are interested in learning more, please be our guest at one of our meetings and join this dynamic organization. Just email us at:

Alliance Partners

  • Cyberstarts

    We have spent years building industry leading companies. We bring this trove of experience and relationships to every venture we invest in. Cyberstarts was the brainchild of many deep conversations with our most successful cyber peers to distill the holy grail that enabled us to build important companies. It soon became clear that the trajectory to success is determined at a venture’s earliest start. That our deep inside perspective and highly engaged network during this critical earliest stage were unique ingredients in our successes. By aggregating these close relationships for entrepreneurs who we believe in, we knew that we can create incredible value for our tight network of CISOs who enjoy the earliest access to solutions that they help to define. These peers became investors and Cyberstarts became the only VC primarily funded by the industry’s most successful cybersecurity founders.
  • 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).
  • GTM Capital

    GTM Capital is singularly focused on helping our portfolio companies gain a massive competitive advantage by rapidly accelerating customer traction.
  • Lightspeed Venture Partners

    Lightspeed Ventures is a global VC firm headquartered in Silicon Valley, with offices in India, Israel, and China. With over $7 billion under management, Lightspeed invests in both enterprise and consumer tech startups from early-stage to late-stage. With over 300 active startups in the portfolio, Lightspeed has invested in companies like Brocade, Informatica, Nutanix, AppDynamics, Mulesoft, zScaler, etc. Lightspeed has also created a CIO Innovation Advisory Network to connect forward-thinking IT leaders with Silicon Valley.
  • Menlo Ventures

    Menlo Ventures is a venture capital firm that strives to have a positive impact on everything we do. That’s why we support businesses including Betterment, Carta, Roku, Poshmark, Uber, and Warby Parker that are reimagining life and work for the better. Over 43 years, we’ve grown a portfolio that includes more than 70 public companies, over 100 mergers and acquisitions, and $5.5 billion under management. We invest at every stage and in every sector, with expertise in Consumer, Enterprise, and Healthcare. From developing market strategies to creating communities, we provide real impact where entrepreneurs need it most. When we’re in, we’re all in.
  • 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).

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.

Innovation Accelerator Partners

  • Cyera

    Cyera is the data security company that gives businesses context and control over their most valuable asset: data. As a pioneer in Data Security Posture Management, Cyera instantly provides companies visibility over all of their sensitive data, context over the risk it represents and their security exposure, and automated remediation to reduce the attack surface and ensure operational resilience. We are redefining the way companies secure their data.
  • Dazz

    Dazz accelerates cloud remediation for security and engineering teams. The Dazz Remediation Cloud maps your code-to-cloud pipelines, reduces security alerts to their key root causes, and remediates issues right in the developer’s workflow. With Dazz, you gain full pipeline visibility, cut through alert noise, increase the value of existing tools, and shrink your risk window by reducing time to remediate. Visit us at and follow us on Twitter at @dazz_io and LinkedIn at dazz-io.
  • Wiz

    We’re reinventing cloud security from the inside out. Led by an experienced and visionary team, we are on a mission to help organizations create secure cloud environments that accelerate their businesses. By creating a normalizing layer between cloud environments, our platform enables organizations to rapidly identify and remove critical risks.

Marketplace Partners

  • 8x8, Inc.

    8×8 is transforming the future of business communications with XCaaS™ (eXperience Communications as a Service™). 8×8 XCaaS is the only integrated platform for contact center, voice, video meetings, team chat, and CPaaS embeddable APIs. Unlike multi-vendor environments, 8×8 XCaaS provides platform-wide reliability, lowers costs, boosts employee productivity and customer engagement, and delivers intelligence through AI-powered experiences and insights. More than 2.5 million people around the world rely on 8×8 to collaborate quicker, work smarter, and serve customers better with real-time analytics across every interaction. For organizations relying on Microsoft Teams for collaboration, 8×8 offers its 8×8 Voice for Microsoft Teams direct routing solution and 8×8 Contact Center for Microsoft Teams which is certified by Microsoft. 8×8 Voice for Microsoft Teams provides advanced telephony and contact center capabilities to further empower Microsoft Teams users. Today, more than 150,000 users rely on 8×8 for advanced communications for Teams. 8×8 is a ten-time Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS), Worldwide and seven-time Challenger in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Contact Center as a Service (CCaaS).

  • Akamai

    As the world’s largest and most trusted cloud delivery platform, Akamai makes it easier for its customers to provide the best and most secure digital experiences on any device, anytime, anywhere. Akamai’s massively distributed platform is unparalleled in scale with over 200,000 servers across 130 countries, giving customers superior performance and threat protection. Akamai’s portfolio of web and mobile performance, cloud security, enterprise access, and video delivery solutions are supported by exceptional customer service and 24/7 monitoring.
  • BetterCloud

    BetterCloud is the leading SaaS Management Platform (SMP) that enables IT professionals to discover, manage and secure the growing stack of SaaS applications in the digital workplace. With an expanding ecosystem of SaaS integrations, thousands of forward thinking organizations like Zoom, Walmart, and Square now rely on BetterCloud to automate processes and policies across their cloud application portfolio. A pioneer of the SaaSOps movement, BetterCloud has built a community of more than 45K IT professionals who are embracing the new role of SaaSOps within IT organizations. The company launched the first-ever annual SaasOps-focused conference, Altitude, and publishes annually the definitive market research report, State of SaaSOps, on the market and category. BetterCloud is headquartered in New York City with offices in San Francisco, CA and Atlanta, GA. The company’s total amount raised to date is $187 million. Investors include Warburg Pincus, Accel, Bain Capital Ventures, Flybridge Capital Partners, and Greycroft Partners.
  • Box

    Box (NYSE:BOX) is the leading Content Cloud, a single platform that empowers organizations to manage the entire content lifecycle, work securely from anywhere, and integrate across best-of-breed apps. Founded in 2005, Box simplifies work for leading global organizations, including AstraZeneca, JLL, and Nationwide. Box is headquartered in Redwood City, CA, with offices across the United States, Europe, and Asia. Visit to learn more. And visit to learn more about how Box empowers nonprofits to fulfill their missions.
  • Darktrace

    Darktrace is the world’s leading cyber AI company and the creator of Autonomous Response technology. Its self-learning AI is modeled on the human immune system and used by over 4,500 organizations to protect against threats to the cloud, email, IoT, networks and industrial systems. The company has over 1,500 employees and headquarters in San Francisco and Cambridge, UK. Every 3 seconds, Darktrace AI fights back against a cyber-threat, preventing it from causing damage.
  • Delphix

    Delphix is the industry leader for DevOps test data management. Businesses need to transform application delivery but struggle to balance speed with data security and compliance. Our DevOps Data Platform automates data security, while rapidly deploying test data to accelerate application releases. With Delphix, customers modernize applications, adopt multi-cloud, achieve CI/CD, and recover from downtime events such as ransomware up to 2x faster. Leading companies, including Choice Hotels, and Fannie Mae, use Delphix to accelerate digital transformation and enable zero trust data management. Visit us at Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.
  • Fortinet

    Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) makes possible a digital world that we can always trust through its mission to protect people, devices, and data everywhere. This is why the world’s largest enterprises, service providers, and government organizations choose Fortinet to securely accelerate their digital journey. The Fortinet Security Fabric platform delivers broad, integrated, and automated protections across the entire digital attack surface, securing critical devices, data, applications, and connections from the data center to the cloud to the home office. Ranking #1 in the most security appliances shipped worldwide, more than 565,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses. And the Fortinet NSE Training Institute, an initiative of Fortinet’s Training Advancement Agenda (TAA), provides one of the largest and broadest training programs in the industry to make cyber training and new career opportunities available to everyone. Learn more at, the Fortinet Blog, or FortiGuard Labs.
  • LastPass

    LastPass is an award-winning password manager which helps more than 33 million registered users organize and protect their online lives. For more than 100,000 businesses of all sizes, LastPass provides password and identity management solutions that are convenient, easy to manage, and effortless to use. From enterprise password management and single sign-on to adaptive multi-factor authentication, LastPass for Business gives superior control to IT and frictionless access to users.
  • Netskope

    Netskope, a global cybersecurity leader, is redefining cloud, data, and network security to help organizations apply zero trust principles to protect data. Fast and easy to use, the Netskope platform provides optimized access and zero trust security for people, devices, and data anywhere they go. Netskope helps customers reduce risk, accelerate performance, and get unrivaled visibility into any cloud, web, and private application activity. Thousands of customers, including more than 25 of the Fortune 100, trust Netskope and its powerful NewEdge network to address evolving threats, new risks, technology shifts, organizational and network changes, and new regulatory requirements. Learn how Netskope helps customers be ready for anything on their SASE journey.
  • Nutanix

    Nutanix offers a single platform to run all your apps and data across multiple clouds while simplifying operations and reducing complexity. Trusted by companies worldwide, Nutanix powers hybrid multicloud environments efficiently and cost effectively. This enables companies to focus on successful business outcomes and new innovations.
  • Palo Alto Networks

    Palo Alto Networks, the global cybersecurity leader, is shaping the cloud-centric future with technology that is transforming the way people and organizations operate. Our mission is to be the cybersecurity partner of choice, protecting our digital way of life. We help address the world’s greatest security challenges with continuous innovation that seizes the latest breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, analytics, automation, and orchestration. By delivering an integrated platform and empowering a growing ecosystem of partners, we are at the forefront of protecting tens of thousands of organizations across clouds, networks, and mobile devices. Our vision is a world where each day is safer and more secure than the one before. For more information, visit
  • RingCentral

    RingCentral, Inc. (NYSE: RNG) is a leading provider of business cloud communications and contact center solutions based on its powerful Message Video Phone™ (MVP™) global platform. More flexible and cost effective than legacy on-premises PBX and video conferencing systems that it replaces, RingCentral empowers modern mobile and distributed workforces to communicate, collaborate, and connect via any mode, any device, and any location. RingCentral offers three key products in its portfolio including RingCentral MVP™, a Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) platform including team messaging, video meetings, and cloud phone system; RingCentral Video™,  the company’s video meetings solution with team messaging that enables Smart Video Meetings™; and RingCentral cloud Contact Center solutions. RingCentral’s open platform integrates with leading third-party business applications and enables customers to easily customize business workflows. RingCentral is headquartered in Belmont, California, and has offices around the world.
  • SafeGuard Cyber

    SafeGuard Cyber protects the human connections businesses need to thrive in a digital world. Our award-winning platform utilizes a unique mix of direct API integration, Natural Language Understanding, advanced policy engines, and deep relationships with cloud-based digital platforms to give you unmatched, real-time monitoring and mitigation on over 50 cloud communication channels. With SafeGuard installed your team can use whatever tools they wish to do what they do best: create value and drive growth.
  • SAP

    As the market leader in enterprise application software, SAP is helping companies of all sizes and in all industries run better by redefining ERP and creating networks of intelligent enterprises that provide transparency, resiliency, and sustainability across supply chains. Our end-to-end suite of applications and services enables our customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and make a difference worldwide.
  • Tonkean

    Tonkean is the OS for Business Operations, empowering operations teams to rapidly improve efficiency with an enterprise-grade, composable automation platform. By allowing ops teams to automate, monitor, and manage mission-critical business processes with no-code, while still maintaining compliance and security, Tonkean enables enterprises to accelerate operational velocity at scale. The Tonkean platform makes automating complex business processes simple and accessible to non-developers, such as business operations teams and process owners, by abstracting the high technical barrier and coding expertise needed to deliver robust, enterprise-grade process solutions via composability. Ops teams compose custom process solutions using building blocks called “enterprise components” or ECs. ECs are modular, interchangeable, and reusable capabilities that perform actions or complete steps in a business process. ECs are fully governed and curated, typically by IT. They can be adopted from vendors or custom built, or they can simply be extensions of existing tools and systems. This allows ops and process experts to rapidly build holistic process solutions that can work with different systems, easily adapt to changing needs, and measure cross-functional KPIs–all with no-code and no change management. Enterprises like Google, EVERSANA, Instacart, Grubhub,, and more rely on Tonkean to optimize and align their operations across functions—including sales, marketing, customer support, legal, finance, and more. With Tonkean, enterprises can expand the pie of who can deliver software to make a world of Makers.
  • Upwork

    Upwork is the world’s largest work marketplace that connects businesses with independent talent from across the globe. We serve everyone from one-person startups to large, Fortune 100 enterprises with a powerful, trust-driven platform that enables companies and talent to work together in new ways that unlock their potential. Our talent community earned over $3.8 billion on Upwork in 2022 across more than 10,000 skills in categories including website & app development, creative & design, customer support, finance & accounting, consulting, and operations.
  • Zoom

    Zoom is the leader in modern enterprise video communications, with an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, chat, and webinars across mobile, desktop, and room systems. Zoom Rooms is the original software-based conference room solution used around the world in board, conference, huddle, and training rooms, as well as executive offices and classrooms. Founded in 2011, Zoom helps businesses and organizations bring their teams together in a frictionless environment to get more done.
  • Zscaler

    Zscaler, the only zero trust platform that securely connects any user, any device, and any app over any network. Back in the day when your users were all on the network and your applications resided in your physical data center, it made sense to establish a secure perimeter around your network. But those days are over, the perimeter is gone, and network security is all but irrelevant. Instead, you need to put your defenses and controls where the connections occur— the internet — so that every connection is fast and secure, no matter how or where users connect or where their applications reside. By moving applications and infrastructure to the cloud and untethering employees from their desks, you can realize tremendous advantages in productivity, agility, and cost containment. With our 100% cloud built secure platform, Zscaler can help you make the move to the cloud, securely.


Houston Christian University
7502 Fondren Road

PLEASE NOTE:  The Summit is being held in the Morris Cultural Arts Center of Houston Christian University at 7502 Fondren Road. It is located near the baseball fields on the Fondren side of campus.


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. Due to the fact that these are virtual events, please only register if you plan to virtually join us on the summit date and time.

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.


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