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2023 Detroit CIO Executive Leadership Summit

Michigan – Thu, 09-21-2023 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Visionary Leadership:  Driving a Strategic 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.

September 21, 2023, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM ET


8:00 – 9:00 AM 

Breakfast and Networking

9:00 – 9:20 AM                                                                   

Welcome and Introduction

Hunter Muller, Founder and CEO, HMG Strategy and co-host Jef Fisk, President, Brolly, Inc., past President, SIM Detroit

9:20 – 9:40 AM                                                                                                

EXPERT TECH TALK:  AI and the Future of Work: How to Thrive in the Era of ChatGPT

Dan Turchin, CEO, PeopleReign, moderated by Jay Aho, Director of Insights and Marketing Technology, Pet Supplies Plus

AI, machine learning and technologies such as ChatGPT are beginning to revolutionize the future of work. Technologies such as ChatGPT are redefining how humans and bots will work together. In this timely and thought-provoking executive discussion, Dan will explore how AI and automation is changing the nature of work, how it will impact the day-to-day lives of executives and employees, the potential ‘gotchas’ associated with AI along with the interdependence between humans and machines.

9:40 – 10:00 AM


EXPERT TECH TALK:  Exploring the Ethical Implications of AI

Brian Stucky, Team Lead, Rocket Ethical AI, Rocket Central, moderated by Jay Aho, Director of Insights and Marketing Technology, Pet Supplies Plus

AI is increasingly used to automate decision-making processes in various domains, such as health care, education, finance, and justice. However, the use of AI also raises ethical and social challenges, such as ensuring fairness, accountability, transparency, and human dignity. In this session, Brian review the main ethical principles and frameworks that have been proposed for designing and evaluating responsible AI systems. We also discuss some of the technical and practical challenges that arise in implementing these principles and frameworks in real-world scenarios.

10:00 – 10:25 AM                                                                              

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

10:25 – 11:00 AM

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

Moderator: Ryan Talbott, VP & Global CIO, BorgWarner

Dennis Hodges, CIO, Inteva Products LLC

Anita Klopfenstein, CIO, Little Caesars

Brian Slepko, EVP, Corporate Development, 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.

11:00 – 11:05 AM

HMG 2023 Global Leadership Institute Award Presentation to Anita Klopfenstein, CIO, Little Caesars

11:05 – 11:25 AM                                                                                 

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners


11:25 AM – 12:00 PM

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

MODERATOR:  Jef Fisk, President, Brolly, Inc., past President, SIM Detroit

Mamatha Chamarthi, Chief Business Growth Officer, Software Experience, Stellantis

Todd Loiselle, CIO, National Food Group

Jason Torrez, Executive Director, IT, Grede

Chuck Williams, Senior Vice President IT, Penske Corporation and President, SIM Detroit 

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.

12:00 – 1:00 PM                                                                            


Lunch and Networking

Detroit SIM Update – Chuck Williams, Senior Vice President IT, Penske Corporation and President, SIM Detroit            

HMG 2023 Global Leadership Institute Awards Presented to:

Mamatha Chamarthi, Chief Business Growth Officer, Software Experience, Stellantis

Todd Loiselle, CIO, National Food Group

Jason Torrez, Executive Director, IT, Grede                                             

1:00 – 1:15 PM

START-UP SHOWCASE: The HMG Innovation Accelerator

Moderator:   Emily Heath, General Partner, Cyberstarts

Guy Guzner, CO-Founder and CEO, Savvy Security

Research conducted by HMG Strategy reveals that one of the top focus areas for technology executive leaders is working with the CEO and the executive team to enable innovation and grow the business. In this exclusive session, we will ask the CEOs and leaders of innovative technology companies about the challenges they solve for clients, the innovation they deliver to companies, and how their solutions are differentiated in the market.

1:15 – 1:30 PM   

EXECUTIVE FIRESIDE CHAT:  From the C-Suite to the Boardroom: How Tech Executives Can Make a Successful Transition

Emily Heath, General Partner, Cyberstarts interviewed by Hunter Muller, Founder and CEO, HMG Strategy

Technology executives, and cybersecurity experts in particular, are often sought after for board positions, as they bring valuable insights and expertise to the strategic direction of an organization, as well as clear communications on risk. However, transitioning from the C-suite to the boardroom is not a simple or straightforward process. It requires a shift in mindset, skills, and expectations, as well as an understanding of the different roles and responsibilities of board members.

Join us for an engaging fireside chat on how to make the transition from the C-suite to the boardroom, including how to prepare for and pursue board opportunities, communicate effectively with other board members and stakeholders, and how to add value and make an impact as a board member.

1:30 – 1:55 PM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

1:55 – 2:30 PM


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

Moderator:  Earl Duby, CISO, Auxiom

Martin Bally, CISO, Campbell’s Soup Company

Geeta Kapoor, VP Information Security, MSC Industrial Supply Co.

Maureen Niemiec, Chief of Staff, Office of the CISO, Kontoor Brands

Ransomware, supply-chain and other types of cyber-attacks continue to escalate. Ransomware attacks alone have increased by 13% year-over-year, according to the Verizon 2022 Data Breach Investigations Report. As these and other malicious attacks continue to become more prevalent and dangerous, it’s clear that CISOs and security leaders need to take a fresh approach to their cybersecurity strategies.

In this timely and compelling executive panel discussion, CISOs and security leaders will share the steps they’re taking to reimagine their cybersecurity game plans to better safeguard the organization both now and into the future.

2:30 – 2:40 PM                                                                                   

HMG 2023 Global Leadership Institute Award Presentation to Martin Bally, CISO, Campbell’s Soup Company and Kiran Sekhri, Chief Innovation Officer, Wayne County Community College District

2:40 – 3:00 PM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

3:00 – 3:35 PM                                                                                   

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Leveraging Industry 4.0 to Drive Business Objectives and Visibility

Moderator: Greggory Garrett, CEO & Managing Director, CGS Advisors LLC

Ryan M. Olivier, VP & Chief Information Officer, American Axle

Michael Bommarito, Executive Director Manufacturing Services, American Axle

Industry 4.0, the fourth industrial revolution, has been hailed as the future of modern manufacturing and industrial processes, allowing unprecedented levels of insight and control. This panel will discuss how to leverage Industry 4.0 to meet both technology and business objectives, including how to gain visibility into operations and drive out inefficiencies and waste, as well as how to best integrate Operational Technology and traditional IT. The panel will also explore how Industry 4.0 can create opportunities for vertical integration. This panel is ideal for those looking to unlock Industry 4.0’s potential for their business objectives.

3:35 – 3:50 PM                                                                            

EXECUTIVE FIRESIDE CHAT:  Make it in Michigan: A Fireside Chat on Economic Development, Growth & Innovation

Moderator:  Quentin Messer, CEO, MEDC

Justine Johnson, Chief Mobility Officer, State of Michigan

Join Quentin Messer, Jr., CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and Justine Johnson, Michigan’s Chief Mobility Officer, as the two new-to-Michigan executives discuss what drew them to the state, how Michigan stacks up against other states in advanced technology and innovation and plans for stable economic growth both within and outside the auto industry.

3:50 – 4:00 PM                                                                                   

Closing Remarks & Raffle Prizes



Steven Ambrose

DTE Energy

Martin Bally

Campbell Soup Company

Colin Boyd

Former VP & CIO
Komatsu Americas Corp.

Mamatha Chamarthi

Chief Business Growth Officer, Software Experience

Jef Fisk

Brolly, Inc.

Richard Hook

Penske Automotive Group, Inc.

Aakrati Mehta

Executive Director of Security
Baker Hughes

Hunter Muller

Founder & CEO
HMG Strategy

Raj Singh

Global VP, Digital Transformation
Horizon Global

George Surdu

President and CEO
Re-Imagine Tech, LLC

Sangy Vatsa

Digital Insights

Advisory Board

Jay Aho

Director, Neighbor Insights & Marketing Technology
Pet Supplies Plus

Christopher Allamon

Vice President of Information Technology and Security
Level One Bank

Winston Benedict

Fractional CIO | Technology Strategy and Delivery Advisor
Trilogy International Inc

Steve Berkholz

General Manager of Information Systems

Jason Bressler

United Wholesale Mortgage

Barbara Ciaramitaro

Faculty, College of Aeronautics
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Megan Crespi

Chief Operations & Technology Officer
Comerica Bank

Mark Cybulski

Fortium Partners, LP

Charlotte Decker

Board Member – Audit Committee and Governance Committee
Quaker Houghton

David Decker

Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc.

Daryl Dellinger

Regional CIO IT North America
Continental Automotive Systems

Arun DeSouza

Chief Information Security & Privacy Officer
Nexteer Automotive Corporation

Greggory Garrett

CEO & Managing Director
CGS Advisors LLC

Crispin Guerster

Global IT Director Applications

Vicki Harper

Director of IT / Digital Transformation
Pratt & Miller Engineering

Dennis Hodges

Inteva Products LLC

Mike Homant

CTO & Deputy CIO
City of Detroit

Jeffrey Ingalsbe

Flexible Plan Investments, Ltd.

Kevin Johnson

Chief Information Officer
Truck-Lite Co

Diane Jones

AVP of Administration and Operations, Office of the VPCIO, University of Michigan
University of Michigan

Geeta Kapoor

VP Information Security
MSC Industrial Supply Co.

Kelly Knepley

Dexko Global

Zvonko Kolar

VP, Enterprise Applications
Central Garden & Pet

Dr. M.S. Krishnan

Accenture Professor of Computer IS and Professor of Technology & Operations
Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

Sanjay Kumar

Senior Principal
Siemens Digital Industries

Ruthanne Largent

Director of Broadband Operations
Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-Op

Norman Lewis

Wayne State University

Todd Loiselle

National Food Group

Lesley Ma

VP, Chief Information Officer and Chief Data Officer
NSF International

Rob McCurdy

Global Digital Workplace Leader

Raman Mehta

Johnson Electric

Robert Montgomery

Vice Chancellor for Information Technologies/CIO
Oakland Community College

Dan Munivez

Director IT, M&A, Project Portfolio Management

Maureen Niemiec

Chief of Staff, Office of the CISO
Kontoor Brands

Mike Osment

Bedrock Detroit

Mark Pettovello, Ph.D.

Big Data Architect
General Motors

Arik Ragowsky, Ph.D.

Director, Manufacturing Information Systems Center
Wayne State University

Rachelle Putnam

IT Director/CIO
General Dynamics Land Systems

Sajay Rai

President and CEO
Securely Yours LLC

Paul Renko

Director Software Operations of Autonomous Vehicles and Mobility
Ford Motor Company

Vijay Sankaran

Johnson Controls

Richard Saouma

Associate Dean of Professional Master Programs
Eli Broad College of Business

Robert Scott

Vice President & Dean, Global Institute for Leadership Development
The IT Senior Management Forum

Kiran Sekhri

Chief Innovation Officer
Wayne County Community College District

Pradip Sengupta

President and CEO
IPS Technology Services

Daine Shanahan


Ashok Sivanand


Jim Suchara

Senior Vice President and Innovation Officer
The Doctors Company

Ryan Talbott

VP & Global CIO

Darlene Taylor

Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Superior Industries

Art Thompson

CIO, Department of Innovation and Technology
City of Detroit

Jason Torrez

Executive Director, IT

Lori Tremonti

Vice President, Professional Services and Implementations

Angie Tuglus

Executive Advisor

Kevin Vasconi

The Wendy\’s Company

Doug Wiescinski

Retired Partner, Plante Moran
Program Director, BDMP Technologies

Adam Wilburn

Lead, Enterprise Collaboration and Automation Center of Excellence

Chuck Williams

Penske Corporation

Steve York

1-800 Hansons, LLC

Ali Youssef

Director, Medical Device and IOT Security
Henry Ford Health System

Steve Zerby

Owens Corning

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  • 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.



Detroit, MI


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.

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