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15th Annual Phoenix C-Level Technology Leadership Summit

Arizona – Thu, 03-21-2024 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Visionary Global Leadership: Thriving Securely in the Age of Accelerated Innovation

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 2024. The fast-changing socio-economic landscape is prompting technology executives to become more creative than ever and to draw upon authentic and inclusive leadership skills to inspire their teams.

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.


Max Chan


Paul Chapman

VP Business Strategy

Barbara Cooper

Barbara L. Cooper Consulting Service LLC

Anthony DeCanti

Chief Information Officer
Republic Services

Gary Desai

Discount Tire

Sastry Durvasula

Chief Information and Client Services Officer, Senior Executive Vice President

Kevin Haskew

Corporate Vice President & CIO
Amkor Technology

Bipin Jayaraj

Rogers Corporation

Hunter Muller

Founder & CEO
HMG Strategy

Steve Phillips

Board Director
Wick Communications

Dan Saltich

Shamrock Foods Company

Kris Singleton

Executive Leader Portfolio & PMO
Discount Tire

Michael Spandau

SVP Global IT & CIO
Fender Musical Instruments

Simon Taylor

President, SIM Arizona

Deanna Wise

(former) CIO
Banner Health

Advisory Board

Brad Beebe

Cash Time Title Loans, Inc.

Sayee Bellamkonda

Chief Digital and Technology Officer
Vialto Partners

Anthony Bobos


Shyamala Chalakudi

Head of Enterprise Data Analytics & Digital Technology
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Jeffrey Coe

Executive Cybersecurity Advisor
Incovate Solutions

Tim Crawford

CIO Strategic Advisor

Mark Cwynar

Vice President, CISO
Sims Limited

Dustin Fennell

Technical Operations Manager
Amazon Web Services

Steve Garbade


Lev Gonick

University Technology Office at Arizona State University

Yvette Gonzales

Enterprise Support Sr. Manager
Amazon Web Services

Frank Grimmelmann

Founder, President & CEO/Intelligence Liaison Officer
Arizona Cyber Threat Response Alliance

Jason Grovert

SVP, Technology Strategy
Irvine Company

Jim Haskin

Flex Technology Group

Vishwa Hassan

Director – Data and Analytics

David Heck

Telecom Infrastructure Consultant
City of Tempe

Michael Heiser

Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS)

Laura Hemenway

Founder & Principal
Paradigm Solutions LLC

Scott Hicar

Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer
Benchmark Electronics

Firasat Hussain


John Iannarelli

Former FBI Special Agent and Senior Executive Advisor

David Jarvis

Professor of Practice
Arizona State University

Nilesh Joshi

Vice President and Head of IT
Global Nephrology Solutions

Lowell Vande Kamp

CIO and Chief of Staff
Synergis Education, Inc.

Brian Kirkland

Chief Information Officer
Choice Hotels

Venkat Kommineni

Head of Service Lines for T-Systems North America (T-Mobile)

Sheila Lehker

Cizek Associates, Inc.

Tony Leng

Managing Partner, CIO & CTO Global Functional Head

Bob Lindquist

Partner Leader – AWS Service Acceleration Team
Amazon Web Services

Brad Lontz

SVP IT and Chief Information Officer
CopperPoint Insurance Companies

Umesh Manathkar


Fred Mapp

President & CEO
Quality Service Solutions LLC

Paula Mattingly

Arizona Department of Health Services

Amy McGrath

Deputy Vice President
Arizona State University

Mark Morawski

Managing Director – CTO
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Jeff Nunn

Vice President – Head of Applications Development
Meritage Homes

Bill Owen

SVP, Product Operations
Blue Yonder

Joseph Pensiero

SVP IT Services
GPA Global

Troy Philbert

SVP Enterprise Applications
Amkor Technology

Tianbing (TQ) Qian

Genesee & Wyoming Inc.

Morgan Reed

Executive Government Advisor
Amazon Web Services

Mike Ruchensky

Swift Transportation

Kevin Sauer

Fortium Partners, LP

Ron Schott

Executive Emeritus
Arizona Technology Council

Caren Shiozaki

Fortium Partners, LP

Margie Smith-Marchese

Vice President – Head of Technical Support Customer Care

Jim Sopko

DevOps & Application Modernization, Solution Advisor
Broadcom Inc.

Mark Tonnesen


Brett Wahlin

Activision Blizzard

Michael Weaver

DBM Global

Doug Weaver

Solutions Consultant

James Whitfill

SVP & Chief Transformation Officer

Mark Wittenburg

City of Raleigh Municipal Government

Hakan Yaren

APL Logistics

Presenting Partners

  • 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)

Platinum Partners

  • Automation Anywhere

    Automation Anywhere is the leader in intelligent automation solutions that put AI to work across every aspect of an organization. The company’s Automation Success Platform is powered with specialized AI, generative AI and offers process discovery, RPA, end-to-end process orchestration, document processing, and analytics, with a security and governance-first approach. Automation Anywhere empowers organizations worldwide to unleash productivity gains, drive innovation, improve customer service and accelerate business growth. The company is guided by its vision to fuel the future of work by unleashing human potential through intelligent automation. Learn more at
  • Cox

    The commercial division of Cox Communications, Cox Business, provides a broad commercial solutions portfolio including advanced cloud and managed IT solutions and fiber-based network solutions that create connected environments, unique hospitality experiences and support diverse applications for nearly 370,000 businesses nationwide. For more information, please visit
  • FPT Software

    FPT Corporation is a global leading technology and IT services provider headquartered in Vietnam, with nearly US$1.3 billion in revenue and 30,000 employees. As a pioneer in digital transformation, FPT delivers world-class services in Smart factory, Digital platforms, RPA, AI, IoT, Enterprise Mobility, Cloud, AR/VR, Business Applications, Application Services, BPO, and so on. The company has served over 700+ customers worldwide, a hundred of which are Fortune Global 500 companies in the industries of Aerospace & Aviation, Automotive, Banking and Finance, Logistics & Transportation, Utilities and more.
  • OpenText

    OpenText is the leader in Enterprise Information Management, helping customers to create a Digital-First World by simplifying, transforming, and accelerating their information needs. Over 100,000 customers already use OpenText solutions, either on premises or in our cloud.
  • 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.

Gold Partners

  • Cato Networks

    Cato provides the world’s most robust single-vendor SASE platform, converging Cato SD-WAN and a cloud-native security service edge, Cato SSE 360, into a global cloud service. Cato SASE Cloud optimizes and secures application access for all users and locations everywhere. Using Cato, customers easily replace costly and rigid legacy MPLS with modern network architecture based on SD-WAN, secure and optimize a hybrid workforce working from anywhere, and enable seamless cloud migration. Cato enforces granular access policies, protects users against threats, and prevents sensitive data loss, all easily managed from a single pane of glass. With Cato, your business is ready for whatever’s next.

  • 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.
  • Sysazzle

    Sysazzle is a Phoenix-based Technology Managed Services, Consulting and Staffing firm with over 100 years of combined experience within our leadership team.  Sysazzle delivers services in over 38 states.  Our leadership has managed thousands of IT & business system professionals with projects worldwide over the past 20+ years. 

    Consulting & Staffing:

    We have been in your shoes running business units and IT organizations throughout our careers. We have experienced your pain and know how to resource and manage the right resources at the right time. 

    Managed Services:

    More than ever before, small and medium-sized businesses are recognizing the need for a managed service provider for critical IT functions.  According to SkyQuest, at least 60% of organizations will depend on Managed Services by 2025.  Global managed services market is valued at USD 179.33 billion in 2021, and it is anticipated to attain a value of USD 393.72 billion by 2028, at a CAGR of 11.82 % over the forecast period 2022–2028.

    Contact us today at 800.862.9545 Ext. 115 

  • T-Mobile

    T-Mobile for Business brings the Un-carrier experience to customers unwilling to settle. Leading the 5G charge with a network built from the ground up for the next wave of innovation, we have businesses of all sizes ready for the future of wireless. From mobile broadband to IoT and everything in between, T-Mobile for Business is committed to helping you move your business forward with the products and services you need, as well as the dedicated, award-winning service you deserve from America’s most loved wireless company.
  • Tanium

    Tanium, the industry’s only provider of converged endpoint management (XEM), protects every team, endpoint, and workflow from cyber threats by integrating IT, Compliance, Security, and Risk into a single platform that delivers comprehensive visibility across devices, a unified set of controls, and a common taxonomy for a single shared purpose: to protect critical information and infrastructure at scale. State and local governments, educational institutions, federal civilian agencies and the U.S. armed forces trust Tanium to protect people; defend data; secure systems; and see and control every endpoint, team, and workflow everywhere. That’s the power of certainty.

Supporting Partners

  • SHE Informationtechnologie AG is a German-Romanian software development company that offers you high quality software outsourcing to Europe at a fair price. With over 250 employees, we have a wide pool of highly qualified software engineers who can start working on your project within a few days. Our customers appreciate our more than 35 years of experience, an enormously low turnover rate rate as well as the time zone turbo: Benefit now from waking up when your next software project is ready!
  • Zluri

    At Zluri, we want companies of all sizes to accelerate innovation and derive real value from their subscription-based software stack, but without the hassles that come along. Essentially, we want to ‘Simplify the world’s transition to SaaS’ by helping companies adopt and operate an efficient software stack through a single intelligent dashboard

Association Partners

  • SIM Arizona

    The Arizona Chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM) is a by-invitation federation of senior officers experienced in information and general management. A not-for profit corporation, the chapter assists members in managing information technology. The Chapter strives to strengthen professional communications among members who direct the application of information technology in private and pubic organizations. Chapter activities include: • Meeting to share innovative ideas and real world experiences which address enterprise information needs. • Providing presentations by leading national information-management professionals and executives who benefit from management-information systems. • Challenging our comfort levels by exchanging ideas with peers and business counterparts. Awarding scholarships to institutions for Information Systems students with specific needs. For more information please visit
  • T200

    Formed in 2016, a tiny group with less than ten members started using online messaging to inspire and promote each other with career advice, organizational and operational guidance, and general motivation. These women decided that their group would be better if more women were part of it and expanded the group through word of mouth to other powerful CIOs and CDOs in the world. The name T200 came about when the goal turned to gathering at least 200 of these powerful women in technology together in this group.

    T200 is now expanding to mentor and grow women in the technology leadership community. T200 is launching T200Lift, focused on developing women in the tech pipeline ready to take on their first C-level role. The membership at T200 see this as the legacy to the world of tech and women in tech.

    The motto of T200 “we are better together!”

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.
  • Savvy Security

    Savvy is the provider of the industry’s first Workforce Security Automation Platform. Our customers use Savvy to ensure the safe use of SaaS and prevent workforce-initiated security incidents by providing just-in-time security guardrails that guide employees to make more secure decisions. To learn more about Savvy and schedule a demo, please go to


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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

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