Past Summits

2017 Phoenix CIO Executive Leadership Summit

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ
  • "The HMG 2017 Phoenix CIO Executive Leadership Summit blows away last year's. The content was timely and speakers professional. Looking forward to next year."

    Dan Konzen
    CIO and VP/Treasurer of SIM Arizona
    Advisor Armor

Event Highlights

Reimagining the Enterprise in the Next Era of the Digital Age

Digital disruption is ushering a new wave of business model innovations. Because digital transformation is a journey, the CIO and other members of the C-suite must recognize that new technologies and emerging innovations represent continual change. As technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence and hyper-convergence offer new ways for doing business, the CIO is uniquely positioned to deliver bold, game-changing leadership, engender transformational innovation, and steer the enterprise into the next era of digital business. 

The leadership traits and skills required by technology leaders to help champion customer-centric efforts will be the focal point of the 2017 Phoenix CIO Executive Leadership Summit.

  • Lenin Aboagye
    Head of Information Security

    Experienced Security Professional who led and oversaw security strategy and implementation for Apollo's Education Platform Product , Applications and Cloud initiatives. A contributing member of the CSA (Cloud Security Alliance) Security- As- A Service (SecAAS) working group and is an active participant in several other Information Security related interests. Defined and led organization's cloud security initiatives and created enterprise cloud security blueprint.

    Skilled in building effective security programs from the ground up and working across other organizational units to create and foster greater security adoption. Holds a BA, and graduated top of class with a double major in Computer Science and Math.  Previous experience in multiple industry domains Government, Media & Television, Education, Health, Real Estate and Energy Sectors.  An avid speaker and contributor on various topics in security. Particularly interested in innovative ways of making security work in the fast changing equally innovative industry verticals.

  • Michael Anderson
    Special Agent in Charge, Chicago

    On 9/21/2015, Director Comey announced his appointment of Michael J. Anderson as special agent in charge SAC, Chicago. On July 9, 2012, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller named Mr. Anderson as special agent in charge of the FBI’s New Orleans Division. Mr. Anderson most recently served as section chief of the Employee Services Section in the Human Resources Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Mr. Anderson began his career as a special agent with the FBI in July 1995. He first reported to the Miami Division where he investigated public corruption, including a juror bribery case involving a continuing criminal enterprise that imported more than 75 tons of cocaine into the Miami metropolitan area. 

    In 2001, he was promoted to a supervisory special agent position in the Public Corruption Unit of the Criminal Investigation Division, where he served as the FBI Headquarters liaison to numerous investigations, including Operation Wrinkled Robe, a New Orleansbased judicial corruption case. In 2003, Mr. Anderson re-wrote the FBI’s Public Corruption Field Guide. 

    Later that year, Mr. Anderson reported to the Washington Field Office to supervise investigations into public corruption, government fraud, and civil rights. During his tenure, he supervised the investigation of super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff and Louisiana Congressman William Jefferson. 
    In 2006, Mr. Anderson returned to the Public Corruption Unit at FBI Headquarters as its chief. In this role, he oversaw the Hurricane Fraud Initiative to address Katrina-related public corruption and government fraud, and he launched the International Contract Corruption Initiative (ICCI) targeting Iraq reconstruction-related fraud and corruption. The ICCI eventually evolved into a permanent unit in Criminal Investigative Division. 

    In 2007, Mr. Anderson reported to the Dallas Division as an assistant special agent in charge overseeing intelligence, public corruption, white-collar crime, civil rights, covert operations, and the foreign language program. Mr. Anderson returned to FBI Headquarters in January 2011 as the chief of the Employee Services Section in the Human Resources Division. Among other duties, he oversaw the FBI’s performance appraisal and management system, awards, payroll and benefits, 

    retirements, the on-boarding new employees program, and the Human Resources Division service center. Before joining the FBI, Mr. Anderson received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Iowa and was employed by KPMG. He also received a juris doctorate degree from Southwestern University in Los Angeles. He is a certified public accountant and attorney.



  • Renee Arrington
    President, COO & Director
    Pearson Partners International, Inc.

    • Renee Arrington offers clients over 20 years’ experience in retained executive search. She excels in recruiting senior executive talent for Fortune 500 companies, private-equity-backed businesses and not-for-profit organizations. She is a member of the Pearson Partners board of directors and leads the firm’s Fort Worth office and CIO and IT leadership practice with clients in technology, retail, financial services, business services, distribution and R&D. Renee conducts searches for board members, presidents and executive directors among other senior leadership positions.
    • Renee was named one of the top 40 Gatekeepers to the C-Suite by Hunt Scanlon Media, a search industry analyst. She is an active member of IIC Partners and the Association for Executive Search Consultants (AESC).
    • Renee is attentive to diversity and believes a well-run search can deliver market insight. Renee appreciates the value of using assessment instruments as part of the search.Prior to joining Pearson Partners in 2006, Renee was a vice president in the technology practice of a global retained search firm, and was previously a shareholder and partner in the technology practice of another global firm.
    • In addition to serving on Pearson Partners’ board of directors, Renee serves on the board of directors of IIC Partners, one of the world’s top 10 executive search organizations, with 50 offices in 35 countries (Pearson Partners is a member of IIC Partners). Additionally, she serves on the boards of directors of the Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM), the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) North Texas Chapter and the Foundation for the Young Women’s Leadership Academy in Fort Worth, where she serves as chairman of the board. She is an executive committee member of Dallas Executive Women’s Roundtable (EWR) and a member of Fort Worth’s Women Steering Business (WSB). Renee has previously served on the board of North Texas Public Broadcasting (NPR Affiliate) and was board chairman of the YWCA of both Fort Worth and Tarrant Counties and the Fort Worth Westside YMCA.
    • Renee was honored with the Association of Executive Search & Leadership Consultants’ prestigious Commitment to the Community Award in 2018, recognizing her excellence in executive search and leadership consulting together with her strong commitment to community service and volunteerism toward charitable causes. She has been selected as a 2018 C-Suite Award Winner by the Fort Worth Business Press for her business leadership as well as the civic and social contributions she has made to the community of Fort Worth and its organizations.
    • Renee is a frequent speaker at the HMG Strategy CIO Summits around the country, and is a prolific business writer, having written a monthly column for CIO Decisions magazine and been quoted in The Wall Street Journal,, IT World, Network World and Business Process Outsourcing: The Competitive Advantage (Wiley 2005). She was honored among the finalists in D CEO’s 2016 CIO/CTO Awards in the Technology Advocate category.
    • Renee earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Trinity University and studied at Parsons School of Design in Paris. She and her husband, Michael, live in Fort Worth.

  • David Atrostic
    Execute to Win

  • David Bruno
    Managing Director
    ZRG Partners, LLC

    Prior to recently joining ZRG Partners, LLC, David Bruno has served as Vice Chairman & Managing Director of the DHR International's Phoenix Arizona office. As a member of the executive Committee, he was one of the eight owners of DHR with founder, David Hoffmann. Mr. Bruno has been a major contributor to the growth of DHR from 10 associates in 1994 to over 300 associates currently with 40+ offices worldwide earning it the ranking of the 5th largest search firm in the United States.

    With 25+ plus years’ experience in senior level recruiting in both the corporate and executive search arena, Mr. Bruno has completed search work for Fortune 10 companies as well as 10-person firms in almost every state as well as Internationally. Completed searches include Chairman of the Board, CEO, President, COO, CFO, EVP, VP and Director/Manager level assignments. Industries served include healthcare, high technology, manufacturing, retail, consumer products, alternative energy, banking, Not-for-Profit/Foundations and Finance.

    Mr. Bruno has completed functional assignments for persons with experience in Finance (accounting, SOX, audit, and treasury) as well as Marketing, Human Resources, Transportation, Distribution, Operations, Engineering, and Research and Development (PhD’s and MD’s) Additionally, Mr. Bruno has completed search assignments for state and local Chambers of Commerce and Convention and Visitor Bureaus. Forty percent of Mr. Bruno’s searches are additional assignments from satisfied clients.
    Mr. Bruno has played an active role as an advisor Director on several boards of corporations and has been a guest speaker for undergraduate and graduate programs at major public and private 
    universities. He currently serves as Chairman of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and on Board of Directors for the Arizona Business Leadership.

  • Brian Chan
    Vice President


  • Bob Concannon
    Independent Consultant
    Northtower Technologies

    Bob Concannon was formerly a Senior Client Partner within the San Francisco office of Korn Ferry and was a member of the Firm’s Global Technology Market. Mr. Concannon has over 30 years of technology executive search experience, leading numerous CIO and CTO searches across industries. He also served on Korn/Ferry's Information Technology Officers Center of Expertise. Furthermore, Mr. Concannon led searches in the software and IT communities on assignments for clients in the areas of cloud, mobility and enterprise software. Venture capitalists and private equity firms looked to his expertise around helping Internet startups migrate to the next executive level as they receive their post Series B and C funding rounds.

    Mr. Concannon served as the managing director of another global executive search firm, leading the technology practice, U.S. Additionally, he led the firm’s global technology vertical for seven years, coordinating worldwide search activity in the technology sector with Fortune 100 top accounts. Previously, Mr. Concannon served in sales and marketing roles for both Pioneer Electronics and Sony Corporation. Mr. Concannon served the Internet industry from its early inception in the 90s by working with then unknown startups Netscape and Yahoo! His portfolio clients have included well-established companies like Microsoft, Oracle, 3Com, Cisco and Nokia, and a host of start-up companies funded by tier-1 venture capital. He has completed over 500 search projects in his career with many of those projects reaching successful IPOs. Published and quoted often in The Wall Street Journal, San Jose Mercury News, CFO and CIO Magazines, as well as being featured twice on ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings in their Silicon Valley report, Mr. Concannon has served as an expert on Silicon Valley trends for over 15 years. He has been a guest lecturer at The University of California Berkeley and Stanford University. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of the Pacific.

  • Joe Gagnon
    SVP / General Manager Cloud - Chief Customer Officer
    Aspect Software

    Joe Gagnon is SVP and GM of Aspect Software’s Cloud Solutions. For over 20 years Joe has studied the evolving relationship between companies and consumers and how content and customer interaction affects that relationship.

    From Penn Foster, to IBM, Exit 41 to E&Y, Joe has helped some of the most well-known companies solve their customer engagement challenges. He has been published in national periodicals from the New York Times to Inc. Magazine and has been featured on the History Channel, CNN and Fox News Live. In the last month Joe has worked in Europe, Asia and the US, all while still training for his next endurance event.

  • Gunjan Goel
    Cobham Plc

    Gunjan is a business and technology executive with 25+ years of global experience with companies like AlliedSignal, Honeywell, DXC and Cobham Aerospace. Experienced in building and leading technology organizations in Aerospace & Defense, Healthcare and Hi-Tech sectors.  Known for business and digital transformation, Gunjan has managed large IT organizations globally with work experience in many geographies – the US, the UK, Denmark, France, Switzerland, China, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Philippines and Mexico.  Gunjan is also an entrepreneur and co-founder of two successful companies, Plexlane and Amerivitals Telehealth.

    Gunjan currently works for Cobham, a U.K. based $5b mid-air flight refueling manufacturer, as a Senior Vice President of IT, is a Six Sigma Black Belt with an Executive MBA from University of Notre Dame and a Masters of Engineering from Arizona State.

  • Stephen Gold
    CTO & Chief Process Improvement Officer
    Hudson's Bay Company

    Stephen Gold was formerly the Executive Vice President, CVS Health and Chief Information Officer. In this role since July 2012, Gold is the company’s senior technology executive, with responsibility for all information systems and technology operations as well as for Client Services Operations within CVS/Caremark.

    A seasoned executive with more than 30 years of information systems management experience, Gold was previously SVP and CIO for Avaya. Prior to joining Avaya, Gold was EVP, Chief Information Officer and Corporate Chief Technology Officer for GSI Commerce where he was responsible for product development, product marketing, systems architecture, product engineering and technology operations for one of the nation’s premier eCommerce solutions providers. Previously Gold was divisional CIO at Merck &Co. He was also CIO at Medco Health Solutions, where he was the founder and General Manager of

  • Michael Goul
    Professor and Associate Dean for Research
    W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University

  • Frank Grimmelmann
    President & CEO/Intelligence Liaison Officer
    Arizona Cyber Threat Response Alliance

    Mr. Frank J. Grimmelmann serves as President & CEO for the Arizona Cyber Threat Response Alliance (ACTRA), a non-profit entity, that was developed collaboratively with the FBI’s Arizona InfraGard Program and independently launched in 2013 to enable its private/public sector members to enable themselves to respond to the escalating national cybersecurity threat.  Mr. Grimmelmann Co-Chairs Governor Ducey’s AZ Cybersecurity Team (‘ACT’) and is a Founding Member of President Obama’s National ISAO Leadership Group at the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA. As ACTRA’s leader, Mr. Grimmelmann was the first private sector representative in the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center (ACTIC) on its Executive Board. He has held C-level positions in Finance, healthcare and government, focusing on cybersecurity in response to 9/11.  He holds an MBA in Finance/International Business from UC Berkeley, and a BA in Operations with a Business Law minor from the University of South Florida.

  • Jason Grovert
    Steadfast Companies

    Grovert has over 20 years of experience innovating and delivering digital transformations while leading technology departments fully integrated with the business.  As Vice President, Technology at CalAtlantic Group, Grovert is responsible for technology vision & strategy for the business as well as leading customer facing digital technologies.  CalAtlantic Group, Inc. (CAA), a $4B, public, national homebuilder formed by the combination of Standard Pacific Corp. and Ryland Group, Inc. offers well-crafted homes in thoughtfully designed communities from entry level to luxury in 41 metropolitan statistical areas spanning 17 states.  Grovert did his Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, from University of Phoenix, and is pursuing his Masters of Science in Information Technology at W. P. Carey School of Business.

  • Kevin Haskew
    SVP & CIO
    ON Semiconductor

    Kevin Haskew is an innovative and solutions-driven senior executive leader with profound IT subject matter knowledge and over 20 years of global business experience managing international M&A, IPO, private equity, manufacturing-supply chain operations, systems integration, and both IT operations and security for companies valued at over $1 billion. As a turnaround CIO, Kevin is an industry leader in driving change through creative, industry compliant solutions. His strong background in IT provides a deep understanding of how to synergize corporate systems and transform underperforming departments into rapid vehicles for growth.  With extensive international experience in European and Asian markets, Kevin is strongly positioned to work for organizations looking to expand their operations globally or restructure existing departments to focus on value and driven sustainable growth.

    Currently, Kevin serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for ON Semiconductor.  Recruited specifically for his expertise as a turnaround CIO, Kevin has redefined what IT means for the company through initiatives that have unified technology and corporate strategy with systems transformation. 

    Prior to joining ON Semiconductor, Kevin has held several CIO roles and has over 40 years of global industrial experience.

    He obtained his Master of Science in IT and Change Management from Sheffield Hallam University and holds an MBA from Sheffield Business School, as well as a diploma in Management Studies from Derby Polytechnic, and a Higher National Diploma of Mechanical Engineering from Stockport.

    Kevin is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, as well as a Chartered Engineer and IT Professional.

  • Vishwa Hassan
    Director - Data and Analytics

    Vishwa has over 20 years of experience during which he has held various Technical and Managerial positions in leading enterprises. Currently, Vishwa is engaged in accelerating USAA’s competitive advantage through Data and Platform transformation in partnership with the business, IT and Solution Integration Partners. Prior to joining USAA, Vishwa held senior leadership roles at Republic Services and Intel Corp. He has over 12 issued Patents to his credit. Vishwa received his Master’s degree specializing in Reliability Engineering from the Université d'Ottawa, Canada. 

  • John Iannarelli
    Former FBI Special Agent and Senior Executive Advisor

    John G. Iannarelli recently retired from the FBI after more than 20 years of service, during which he was a member of the SWAT Team and participated in the investigations of the Oklahoma City Bombing, the 9/11 attack, and the Congresswoman Gabriel Giffords shooting.  John previously served at FBI Headquarters as their national spokesperson and on the Cyber Division Executive staff.  In Phoenix, John was the Cyber squad supervisor before promotion to Assistant Special Agent in Charge, the number two position overseeing all Criminal, Cyber, and Counter Intelligence investigations throughout Arizona.  John has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Computer Science for his contributions to the field of cyber investigations.

    John is the author of several other books, to include Why Teens Fail and What to Fix, a parents’ guide to protecting their children from Internet predators and other dangers, and Information Governance Security, how businesses can protect their sensitive data from loss or compromise.  His recently released How to Stop A Terrorist, is a guide for the average person to recognize and help prevent terrorism. John is a highly sought after speaker and has presented to Fortune 500 companies, domestic and international audiences, the United Nations, and the Vatican where he met personally with Pope Francis to discuss the evolution of cyber crime.

    A former San Diego Police Officer and a graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law, to include studies of international criminal and civil law at Oxford, England, John is also an attorney admitted to the practice of law in California, Maryland and the District of Columbia. He is currently a private consultant, whose clients have included the both the FBI and a national professional sports league.

  • Nathan Johnson
    AFS Logistics

  • Nilesh Joshi
    Vice President and Head of IT
    Global Nephrology Solutions

    Nilesh Joshi has close to 20 years’ experience with information technology leadership and project management in progressively increasing responsibilities across the healthcare, retail, utilities, business and financial services industries.

    Nilesh is the Vice President of IT at Southwest Kidney Institute and he provides the technology vision and drives innovation to deliver business solutions and improve operational efficiency. He leads the analytics team to provide population health strategies through enhanced data integration capabilities such as data mining and predictive modeling platform. Most recently, Nilesh was the Chief Information Officer of Newtek Business Services Corp. (NASDAQ: NEWT) a provider of business and financial solutions. Prior, Nilesh led the new product launches and strategic initiatives for Cigna Healthcare's Group and Voluntary benefits segment. Before Cigna Healthcare, he established the IT Program Management Office (IT PMO) at Republic Services.  He also spent several years at Wells Fargo and Target Corporation developing and implementing business solutions.

    Nilesh holds an MBA in International Business from W.P. Carey School of Business at the Arizona State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering (first class with honors) from University of Mumbai (Bombay), India.  He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and member of the distinguished National Scholars and Honor Society, Society of Information Management (SIM), and Phoenix CIO Roundtable Forum.

  • Sheila Lehker
    Cizek Associates, Inc.

    Since 1996, Sheila has worked in the human resources field, gaining broad experience consulting with senior leadership regarding their most important asset, their people. Sheila’s experience stems from holding strategic and operational positions within service, wholesale and retail industries. Prior to joining Cizek Associates, Sheila’s experience focused on organizational consulting work including assessment, top talent recruiting, and executive coaching. 
    She has owned successful consultancies including a search firm serving aerospace, technology, manufacturing and higher education. She has worked for two premier global consultancy firms, Lee Hecht Harrison and Right Management, specializing in helping businesses execute plans to develop people resources, maximize performance and successfully drive profits. With an early background in marketing and sales, administration and operations, Sheila successfully partnered in the formulation of two startup/expansion businesses and was instrumental in growing those businesses to become recognized leaders in their industries. 
    Sheila holds a Bachelor’s in Business Management and is pursuing a Master’s degree in organizational management with a focus on leadership development. She is an active volunteer in the community, presenting to young adults, and women’s and business groups, on a variety of topics and interests.

  • Umesh Manathkar
    Corporate VP & CIO
    Amkor Technology

    Umesh is a published author and well recognized senior IT executive. Umesh currently serves as the Corporate VP and Chief Information Officer at Amkor since February 2015. Umesh has a deep background in semiconductors and IT. He began his career with Motorola Semiconductor, holding engineering and operations positions in Singapore, Phoenix and Austin from 1993-2002. He was CIO of Silicon Labs (Austin, TX) from 2002-2007, and CIO of Cree, Inc. from 2008-2015. He holds a BE degree in Mechanical Engineering from Ambedkar Marathwada University in India, an MS in Industrial Engineering from Arizona State University (ASU) and an MBA from ASU. Umesh published his first IT management book, Perfect Imbalance in 2019. He is also a recipient of four prestigious CIO of the year awards - 2005 Austin CIO of the year, 2013 Triangle CIO of the Year, 2014 TTEC IT Executive of the year and Finalist of AZ CIO of the Year 2020 awards. 

  • Hunter Muller
    President & CEO
    HMG Strategy

    Hunter Muller is a charismatic industry pioneer and a modern-day Renaissance Man. As a global C-suite advisor and coach for the past 30 years, Hunter’s insights and concepts have been successfully applied by Fortune 1000 organizations worldwide to accelerate executive performance, propel the career ascent of C-level executives, and to drive transformative innovation and create new waves of value.

    Hunter is the President and CEO of HMG Strategy, LLC, the largest independent, objective, transparent and collaborative executive network in the world. HMG focuses on innovation and breakthrough strategies for core, parallel and new markets while studying the most successful organizations eco-systems and platforms such as Amazon and Microsoft.

    HMG Strategy is the provider of thought leadership and networking events for CIOs, CISOs, and senior technology executives. HMG Strategy offers a unique, integrated model for enabling C-level executives and their companies to draw upon courageous leadership to reimagine, reinvent, and rebuild their business models to attain the genius-level thinking required in today’s dynamic business landscape to achieve competitive advantage in the digital frontier.

    Hunter's passion for the role of the technology executive in transforming the business is reflected in the 7 Pillars of Trust which embody HMG Strategy's unique business model.

    Complementing HMG Strategy’s world-renowned events is HMGNextVentures, a venture capital accelerator aimed at helping connect CIOs with the most innovative technology companies and entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley to Tel Aviv. HMG Strategy also partners with the world’s leading venture capital firms, including Amplify Partners, Greylock Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Sequoia Capital. HMG Strategy connects CEOs, CIOs, and other C-level executives with startup technologies backed by the leading VCs to identify opportunities for innovation and business transformation.

    Meanwhile, HMG Strategy’s award-winning Research Team advises the world’s technology companies such as Adobe, Nutanix, and Workday on branding, messaging, and Voice of the Customer strategies.

    Hunter has published five that draw from his extensive business experience: The Transformational CIO (Wiley, March 2011), On Top of the Cloud (Wiley, January 2012), Leading the Epic Revolution (Wiley, September 2013) and The Big Shift in IT Leadership (Wiley, July 2015) and The CEO of Technology (Wiley, January 2018). Hunter is now working on his sixth book: 'Enterprise 2025', which is slated to be published in January 2020. As a result, Hunter’s unique position of knowing the thoughts, challenges, and opportunities of the IT Leader, he is asked to speak at a variety of venues such as IBM’s Cloud Expo and on

    Hunter and HMG Strategy support a variety of charitable causes, including the American Cancer Society, Save the Children, and Year Up, and Hunter personally gives back his time and ideas as a member of the Executive Committee of the Fairfield/Westchester Chapter of the Society for Information Management.

    An intrepid international athlete, Hunter is an ardent yacht racer, a world-class skier, and an extreme fitness guru. Hunter is passionate about ocean and mountain adventures and spending time with his sons, Chase and Brice.

    Hunter earned a Bachelor of Science in the Babson College School of Management.

  • Derek Neighbors

    Derek Neighbors is a serial entrepreneur who helps people bring ideas to reality. Derek co-founded Gangplank, a collaborative workspace, in 2008 to help encourage local creatives to explore innovative ideas and create what they are passionate about.  He was a partner at Integrum Technologies, a consulting services firm, that helped companies build high performing teams to compete in the new economy.  He has taught entrepreneurship at Arizona State University.  Currently is the CTO of Tanga one of Arizona’s fastest growing companies.

  • Jason Noble
    Vice President - Solution Partner Group

    With over twenty years of experience in building and managing complex, mission critical digital platforms, Jason brings extensive knowledge in advanced collaboration and knowledge management applications.   Jason has spent over 10 years focused on digital workplace products and solutions for DARPA, the US Navy, Fortune 500 companies, and countless mid-sized firms. In addition to his role as vice president for our solution partner group, he also leads product development for the Firm Directory and Pulse.

  • Kim Owens
    Founding Executive Director
    Year Up Arizona

    Kim Owens is the founding executive director of Year Up Arizona. Year Up's mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. 

    Kim brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in higher education, technology recruiting, healthcare and hospitality. Prior to joining Year UP, Kim served as Vice President of Workforce Solutions at the Apollo Education Group. There, she formed strategic partnerships with more than 500 community colleges across the country to help fulfill their shared mission of building a globally competitive workforce. Kim also led a Global Solutions team, with the purpose of building-demand driven, scalable, academic solutions for Fortune 500 companies. 

    Kim currently serves on the executive committee and local board for Opportunities for Youth. She has also served on the board for Jobs for Arizona’s Graduates (JAG) and UMOM New Day Centers; and was an active member of key industry organizations such as American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL). Kim received a BS in Journalism/Public Relations from San Diego State University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. Kim and her husband Dan live in Phoenix and are active advocates in the community for youth, homelessness, education and workforce development

  • Dr. Karen Peters
    Director Data Institute, Program Dean Data/Big Data and IS
    University of Phoenix

    Dr. Karen Peters is a program dean and the director of the Data Institute for the University of Phoenix. With more than 30 years of experience serving government, industry and higher education, Dr. Peters has helped numerous organizations with their IT and Performance needs. Dr. Peters consulted with major companies including Microsoft, AT&T Cingular, Sikorsky (both government and commercial), Lucent Technologies, the NSA and DOD. While working with Microsoft, Karen and her colleagues designed an award winning Sales Certification program for Microsoft China. Prior to joining the University of Phoenix, she served as a faculty member and the director of Information and Instructional Technology at the Pennsylvania State University. She holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Development and an M.E. in Instructional Systems Design, summa cum laude, from the Pennsylvania State University. She also holds a B.S. in Computer Science and a B.S in Psychology. She is a frequent invited speaker at Technology and Learning/ Performance conferences.

    Karen and her family recently relocated to Gilbert, Arizona.



  • Steve Phillips

    Steve Phillips is the chief information officer at Alorica where he is responsible for setting and delivering IT strategy.  He reports to CEO Andy Lee and is a member of the Alorica Executive Committee. 

    Between 2005 and 2017 he served as CIO at Avnet. Between 2004 and 2005 he was CIO at Memec, a global electronic components distributor acquired by Avnet.

    Prior to joining Memec, Mr. Phillips was CIO for Gateway Inc. He was previously the IT leader for Diageo’s European foods business and early in his career he served in a number of engineering and operations leadership roles at Thorn EMI.

    Since 2012, he has served as chairman of the board of Wick Communications, a US-based news media business.

    In 2015, Mr. Phillips was inducted into the CIO Hall of Fame, a lifetime achievement that honors IT executives and visionaries whose leadership has significantly impacted the field of IT.

    Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering from Essex University and a post-graduate diploma in management studies from the University of West London. He is a fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

  • Tianbing (TQ) Qian
    Genesee & Wyoming Inc.


  • Kevin Sauer
    Fortium Partners, LP

  • Ron Schott
    Executive Emeritus
    Arizona Technology Council

    Ron Schott is currently Executive Emeritus at the Arizona Technology Council (AZTC). While at AZTC Ron has held positions of President & CEO and Executive Director during transitions of leadership. Ron was also Chairman of the Arizona Telecommunications and Information Council (ATIC) and continues on that board. Prior to joining the Technology Council, Ron completed two exciting careers in Corporate America.

    He retired from America Online, Inc. in 2003. While at AOL, Ron was Director of IT for AOL’s Member Services Group. He established a Development Center in Tucson, AZ responsible for Application Development, Knowledge Management Systems, MIS Systems, Web Development, Quality Assurance, Performance & Stress Testing that supported all of the AOL US and outsourced call centers with over 6,000 agents. His responsibilities spanned Data and Voice infrastructures, systems and applications.

    Prior to joining AOL, Ron held Senior Management positions at IBM which spanned Operating Systems Development, Development Laboratory Technical & Management covering many technologies, industries and disciplines. He was also responsible for Technical Sales at IBM with major IBM customers in AZ and the Southwest Region.

    Ron serves on the U of A College of Business MIS Industry Advisory Council and the U of A College of Engineering Industry Advisory Council. Ron also serves as a member of Phoenix Infragard and the FBI Infragard Critical Sector Council (“CSC”).  Ron is also member of the Scottsdale Pinnacle Peak Lion’s.   

  • Caren Shiozaki
    EVP & CIO
    Thornburg Mortgage

    Caren Shiozaki is EVP-CIO for TMST, Inc in Santa Fe NM. Previously she was CIO for a Dallasbased media company. She has worked internationally for Bank of America and American Express.  
    She is Vice Chair for SIM National, and founder of the national Cybersecurity SIG. She serves on the boards for the Santa Fe Alliance for Science and the Santa Fe Animal Shelter. She judges science fairs for the Santa Fe School District. She holds professional certification in corporate governance and is a certified e-discovery specialist.  She holds a degree in Genetics from UC Berkeley. 

  • Diane Smigel
    Palladium IT Advisors

    Palladium IT Advisors, LLC was founded by Diane Smigel, a well respected IT and professional services executive with over 30 years of experience serving the strategic technology needs of mid-market and enterprise clients. Palladium IT Advisors specializes in strategic IT consulting and recruiting for mid-market and enterprise clients. Palladium’s services include IT planning and strategy, software selection, Interim CIO, CIO coaching and advising, and retained search recruiting of senior IT talent. Prior to launching Palladium IT Advisors, Diane was Vice President, Consulting Operations with MSS Technologies and a Partner with Tatum LLC in the Phoenix office. Previously, Diane served as Regional Vice President of the Northeast and Southwest Regions for Cambridge Technology Partners, a highly acclaimed consulting firm that pioneered the fixed-price, fixed-time project delivery model. Diane also held senior technology executive roles in the Financial Services and Insurance industries, and was Vice President, Corporate Information Services with John Hancock Financial Services in Boston MA. Diane holds a BA in Mathematics cum laude from Boston University, and resides in Scottsdale Arizona. Diane is a member of the Arizona Technology Council, the Research Board, and the Society of Information Management.  

  • Michael Spandau
    SVP Global IT & CIO
    Fender Musical Instruments

    Michael Spandau is FMIC’s Senior Vice President of Global Information Technology and CIO.

    Spandau joined Fender in October 2005 and orchestrated the remediation efforts related to Fender’s SAP implementation. He has responsibility for managing, developing and executing Fender’s Global IT strategy.

    Prior to joining Fender, Spandau worked for twelve years at Deloitte Consulting, leading complex international ERP implementations and IT initiatives for a diverse international business clientele. Prior to Deloitte Consulting he worked for Shell Chemicals in Europe and on Worldbank projects located East Africa and Indonesia.

    Michael holds a diploma in Computer Science with special focus on Business Economics from the Hochschule Reutlingen, Germany.

  • Chris Spear
    Founder & EOS Implementer
    Traction Point

    Chris is the Former Vice President of Operations at Infusionsoft. He has extensive experience in operational responsibilities including strategic planning, process automation, and team building. He has been at the forefront of architecting and implementing operations platforms with cloud technologies. He has enabled growth and scalability of key processes for sales teams, call centers, retail operations and human resources.

    Prior to Infusionsoft, Chris held leadership positions in sales, marketing, and program management at Extra Space Storage, IKON Office Solutions, IKON Technology Services and Artisoft. Chris holds MBA and BS degrees from the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University.

  • Jason Wilhite
    Manager, Enterprise Business Intelligence Solutions
    Salt River Project

    Jason is the Manager of Enterprise Business Intelligence Solutions for the Salt River Project.  His responsibilities include formulating strategy, roadmaps, dynamic business engagement models and emerging technologies associated with business intelligence and analytics across the enterprise. Prior to his current role, Jason managed the teams responsible for business intelligence, data migration and information management practices associated with the successful implementation of SAP at the Salt River Project.

  • Elaine Zelby
    Enterprise Product Marketing



7:00 AM - 8:00 AM  

Registration, Continental Breakfast and Networking

8:00 AM - 8:20 AM  

Welcome and Introduction

John Iannarelli, Former Senior Executive Advisor, FBI, and Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

Presentation of the HMG Strategy 2017 Transformational CIO Award to Kevin Haskew, SVP & CIO of ON Semiconductor

8:20 AM - 8:50 AM  

EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW: The Prescription for The Next Generation CIO

Stephen Gold, EVP & CIO, CVS Health and Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

Plenty has been written about how the CIO’s role is being diminished and/or altered by the Cloud. While we are at an inflection point, the drivers are many and varied and the opportunities and conclusions are different. Stephen Gold, EVP and CIO of CVS Health will share a fresh perspective – one where the CIO does in fact need to re-invent his/herself, but not necessarily (only) in the way the conventional wisdom is suggesting.

8:50 AM - 9:20 AM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

9:20 AM - 10:00 AM  

EXECUTIVE KEYNOTE: Transforming Business Applications into Systems of Engagement

Elaine Zelby, Director Executive Programs, Capriza

Companies have invested millions of dollars and decades of work into automating and customizing their business applications only to find that complex user experiences have hindered their ability to achieve any real productivity or enhanced customer experience. Harnessing the power of existing business applications in the mobile era requires putting the user in the center and abstracting the base application to create one-minute workflows that enable users to do something quickly on a mobile device.

In this session, Capriza will discuss: How you can transform your business applications from systems of record into systems of engagement, enabling employees across the organization to maximize the one-minute mobile moment; examples of companies extending the reach of existing business applications to employees in ways never before available; and how you can deliver mobile solutions that empower lines of business in weeks not months.

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

10:30 AM - 11:10 AM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Reimagining the Enterprise for the Next Era of the Digital Age

Brian Chan, Global Head of IT Infrastructure, Avnet

Joe Gagnon, SVP / General Manager Cloud - Chief Customer Officer, Aspect Software

Jason Grovert, Vice President IT, CalAtlantic Homes

Jason Noble, Vice President - Solution Partner Group, Neudesic

Moderator: Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

Truly successful leaders are advancing the traditional leadership role by stepping up with bold, game-changing strategies for growing the business, creating value, dominating markets, and delivering innovation to a new generation of empowered and demanding customers. They are taking broader and more proactive roles in enterprise-level operational functions and shared services, forming business strategy and leading execution, and winning an increasing number of Board of Director seats.

This panel of executives will share their leadership, innovation and transformation strategies that have earned them recognition among the most successful leaders of today – and take a look ahead at reimagining the enterprise for the next era of the digital age.

11:10 AM - 11:30 AM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM  

EXECUTIVE SEARCH PANEL: Strategic Leadership in a World of Accelerated Change

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

Bob Concannon, Senior Client Partner, CIO/IT Officers Practice, Korn Ferry

David Bruno, Managing Director, ZRG Partners, LLC

Sheila Lehker, SVP, Cizek Associates, Inc.

Diane Smigel, President, Palladium IT Advisors

Moderator: Kevin Haskew, SVP & CIO, ON Semiconductor

Accelerated change in today’s markets requires a new range of performance from today’s CIO – including taking a starring role in the C-suite, becoming more customer-focused, adapting to new environments and leading innovation to create value by leveraging technologies in the new IT ecosystem model of this decade. In addition, recruiting, development and retention in the war for talent can be a huge challenge in today’s economic environment, particularly for global organizations.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  


Arizona SIM News - Chris Spear, President, Arizona SIM

Arizona Technology Council News - Ron Schott, Executive Emeritus, Arizona Technology Council

Year Up News - Kim Owens, Founding Executive Director, Year Up Arizona

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: The Challenge of Enterprise Security Today and Into the Future

Lenin Aboagye, Head of Information Security, IO

Michael Anderson, Special Agent in Charge, Chicago, FBI

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

Tim Roemer, Deputy Director, Arizona Department of Homeland Security

Kevin Sauer, CIO, Preferred Homecare

Moderator: John Iannarelli, Former Senior Executive Advisor, FBI

Emerging and significant security concerns threaten the enterprise daily and are becoming more complex as you broaden the scope from internal, to supply chain, and out to the customer. Today's CISOs are expected not only to drive efficiency, transparency and strengthen information and network security, but also to implement the best technologies and practices to establish and maintain relationships with their customers. How can CISOs balance the demand for immediate, transparent access to information while maintaining security and privacy?

1:50 PM - 2:20 PM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

2:20 PM - 3:00 PM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Is Your Data Delivering Insights and Value?

Michael Goul, Professor and Associate Dean for Research, W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University

Karen Peters, Director Data Institute, Program Dean Data/Big Data and IS, University of Phoenix

Tianbing (TQ) Qian, SVP & CIO, Ports America

Jason Wilhite, Manager, Enterprise Business Intelligence Solutions, Salt River Project

Moderator: Vishwa Hassan, Director - Enterprise Architecture, Republic Services

Big Data is ultimately just a series of 1s and 0s until analytics tools are applied to derive correlations between data sets and help decision-makers to obtain insights. But is your organization deriving the anticipated value from its data and analytics investments?

This panel of experts will share examples of data analysis in business that have delivered – and failed to deliver – the results anticipated by both IT and business users along with best practices for achieving optimal results.

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

3:30 PM - 4:10 PM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Identifying Future Trends That Will Impact the Enterprise

David Atrostic, VP & CIO, Able Aerospace and Execute to Win

Kevin Haskew, SVP & CIO, ON Semiconductor

Umesh Manathkar, Corporate VP & CIO, Amkor Technology

Derek Neighbors, CTO, Tanga

Moderator: Chris Spear, VP of Operations, Infusionsoft

Innovation in enterprise IT is accelerating, driven by massive platform and technology shifts. Learning what future trends are on the horizon and their potential to change productivity and drive value is critical to any IT leader.

This panel of senior executives will share discussion around emerging trends, technologies, and the companies they are placing their bets on.

4:10 PM - 4:20 PM  

Express Break

4:20 PM - 5:00 PM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Summoning the Courage to Lead and Drive Innovation

Gunjan Goel, SVP IT, Major Programmes, Cobham Plc

Nathan Johnson, SVP & CIO, Werner Enterprises

Nilesh Joshi, CIO & EVP, Newtek Business Services

Caren Shiozaki, EVP & CIO, TMST, Inc.

Michael Spandau, SVP Global IT & CIO, Fender Musical Instruments

Moderator: Steve Phillips, Former SVP & CIO, Avnet, Inc.

Leaders who build their skills on a strong foundation of courage have a significant advantage for successfully driving innovation to create value to their organization. Today’s CIO must be prepared to embrace strategic innovation while simplifying IT and bringing legacy operations and applications into the future. To accomplish this, the CIO must be strategically aligned with the CEO and the board.

This session will address the new and dynamic mindset a CIO must employ to lead with courage and drive innovation.

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM  

Raffle Prizes and Networking Reception

Presenting Partners

  • Capriza

    Capriza modernizes your business by simplifying and mobilizing your critical workflows. Capriza's end-to-end simplification platform enables IT and lines of business to mobile-enable critical business workflows in a matter of days without any coding, APIs, or integration. The solution is applicable for packaged applications such as SAP, Oracle, Salesforce as well as custom built solutions. Capriza disrupts the speed and economics of the journey by extending the capability of legacy applications, in a simple and useable way, onto any smartphone, tablet or desktop. Founded in 2011 by former executives of Mercury Interactive, Capriza is headquartered in Palo Alto, California, and is funded by Andreessen Horowitz, CRV, Tenaya Capital, Harmony Partners and Allen & Company.

Platinum Partners

  • Neudesic

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

Gold Partners

  • appOrbit

    appOrbit enables the next generation of Application Life-cycle Management for both legacy and modern apps. With appOrbit, you can create full copies of your application, including the data, and seamlessly spin up the application on any infrastructure or cloud. Why does this matter? You can test code as fast as your developers can write it, increasing the frequency of code deployments from weeks to hours. You can leverage the cloud for Dev/Test and reduce infrastructure and staffing costs by up to 50%.

  • Insight

    Insight Cloud + Data Center Transformation is a complete IT services and solution provider that helps organizations transform technology, operations, and service delivery to meet challenges and future-proof the business. As an independent integrator, we’re free to recommend the most appropriate solutions — across cloud, IT transformation, next-generation technology, and security.
  • Eagle Creek Software

    Since 1999 Eagle Creek Software Services has provided software consulting expertise to the enterprise helping our customers achieve success in digital business. We focus on CRM, App Dev and Mobility enabling our customers to improve efficiency and quality, while managing price and risk in software development, deployment and support. We combine on site expertise with our offsite (but onshore) delivery platforms in a model developed with State governments. Achieving this consistent and sustainable way to provision consulting capabilities, reduce our customers’ backlogs and optimize their IT budgets has meant investing in America; where Eagle Creek has become the leader in U.S. Onshoring.

  • Gemalto

    Gemalto (formerly SafeNet, Inc.) is a global leader in digital security, bringing trust to an increasingly connected world. We deliver a vast range of technologies and services to businesses, governments and other organizations, protecting identities and data so they’re kept safe wherever they’re found: in personal devices, connected objects, the network, the cloud and in between. Our solutions are at the heart of modern digital life, from payments and the cloud to big data and the Internet of Things. They encrypt data and authenticate people and things – enabling our clients to deliver secure, innovative services for billions of individuals and devices.

  • Level3 Communications

    Level 3 Communications builds, operates and maintains a global communications network to deliver managed solutions for enterprises, carriers and governments. As a Fortune 500 company and a Tier 1 Internet operator, we offer fiber-based infrastructure and data center solutions, IP-based voice and data communications, wide-area Ethernet services, video and content distribution, security solutions, and cloud-based solutions. Level 3 connects more than 500 markets in over 60 countries across owned fiber networks on six continents, connected by extensive undersea facilities. We take ownership of network reliability and security, so our customers can own their success in return

  • Numerify

    Numerify provides AI-powered IT business analytics solutions for the Global 2000. Trusted by leading brands, including 5 of the Fortune 50, its solutions help IT teams plan, build and run the systems that power more than $500B of commerce.
  • TB Consulting

    For 21 years, Technical & Business Consulting, LLC (TBC) has been partnering with clients in Arizona and Southern California; seeking to bring enterprise-grade tools and processes to the underserved mid-market. TBC’s success is attributed to their proprietary 5D Methodology – Discover, Design, Develop, Deploy & Debrief. By partnering with Tier V datacenters across the Greater Southwest Region, they seeks to better meet the needs of their clients. TBC offers professional & managed services including Cybersecurity, BC/DR, BIA, VDI, ServiceNow, Private Cloud, SDWAN, and M3 (Monitoring, Maintenance, Management) all of which are backed by a 24x7x365 IT Operations Center.
  • Tintri by DDN

    Tintri by DDN builds VM-aware storage that challenges the storage quo. Tintri by DDN builds VM-aware storage specifically for your virtualized applications—with none of the limitations of traditional physical-first storage. When you store your virtual machines on Tintri, they perform 6x faster, pack 10x more densely and take 98% less management, saving you time, money and sanity. Learn more at to get the storage that can guarantee the performance of virtualized servers, databases and desktops applications.
  • Western Digital Corporation

    From advanced data centers to mobile devices, artificial intelligence to IoT, revolutionary data analysis to tomorrow’s brightest technology, data is transforming our lives. Innovation has always fueled and nurtured growth at Western Digital. Western Digital® creates environments for data to thrive, helping customers capture, preserve, access and transform an ever-increasing diversity of data. Western Digital has long been at the forefront of game changing innovations. From the invention of the first hard drive to recent advancements in 3D NAND, our journey of innovation continues to inspire those who dare to think big about the possibilities of data. It is as important now, as any time in our history.
  • Workday, Inc.

    Workday is a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources. Founded in 2005, Workday delivers financial management, human capital management, planning, and analytics applications designed for the world’s largest companies, educational institutions, and government agencies. Organizations ranging from medium-sized businesses to Fortune 50 enterprises have selected Workday.

Supporting Partners

  • Extreme Integration

    Extreme Integration has been building comprehensive technology for business, education, health care, and government since 2000. Our solutions improve how people communicate by increasing productivity, reducing costs, and positively impacting how people do business. As your solutions partner, we can help you solve short and long-term networking challenges, anticipate your needs, and are committed to responding quickly to your requests. Our business philosophy is to maintain the highest standard of customer service. Our services include: VoIP Telephony, Video Conferencing and Telepresence, Wireless Voice Communications, Wireless LAN Solutions, Network Infrastructure, Contact Center Applications, Data Center & Long-Term Storage
  • Pentaho

    Pentaho, a Hitachi Group Company, is a leading data integration and business analytics company. Pentaho’s mission is to help organizations across multiple industries harness the value from all their data, including big data and IoT, enabling them to find new revenue streams, operate more efficiently, deliver outstanding service and minimize risk. Pentaho has over 15,000 product deployments and 1,500 commercial customers today including ABN-AMRO Clearing, BT, EMC, Landmark Halliburton, Moody's, NASDAQ and Sears Holdings Corporation.

Research Partners

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    Hewlett Packard Enterprise is an industry leading technology company that enables customers to go further, faster. With the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio, spanning the cloud to the data center to workplace applications, our technology and services help customers around the world make IT more efficient, more productive and more secure.

Strategic Partners

  • Egon Zehnder

    Egon Zehnder was founded in 1964 with a distinctive vision and structure aimed at achieving two basic goals - to place our clients' interests first and to lead our profession in creating value for our clients through the assessment and recruitment of top-level management resources. The most fundamental expression of our client-first vision resides in our structure, which is unique to our profession. Our 390 consultants, operating from 63 wholly owned offices in 37 countries, are organized around a single-profit center partnership. This is designed to eliminate competitive barriers between our offices. It allows us to operate seamlessly when engagements call for us to mobilize across many offices in a country or a region. Large or small, local or global, our clients benefit from our structure by having access to our most relevant resources and relationships wherever they may reside. Underpinning this unique structure is our private ownership. We have chosen to operate our firm independent of any outside interests and are motivated solely by a desire to exceed our clients' expectations.
  • Heidrick & Struggles

    Heidrick & Struggles actively solves business problems for our clients every day. Through our Leadership Advisory framework, we help companies attract, develop and retain the world’s most talented individuals. For almost 60 years, we have focused on quality service and built strong leadership teams through our relationships with clients and individuals worldwide. Today, Heidrick & Struggles leadership experts operate from principal business centers in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.
  • Korn Ferry

    At Korn Ferry, we design, build, attract and ignite talent. Since our inception, clients have trusted us to help recruit world-class leadership. Today, we are a single source for leadership and talent consulting services to empower businesses and leaders to reach their goals. Through our vision, research and tools across 80 offices and 3,700 employees, we convert potential into greatness. Our solutions range from executive recruitment and leadership development programs, to enterprise learning, succession planning, and recruitment process outsourcing (RPO). Organizations around the world trust Korn Ferry to manage their talent – a responsibility we meet every day with passion, expertise, integrity and results.
  • Russell Reynolds Associates

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

    Founded in 1956 and privately owned, Spencer Stuart is one of the world's leading executive search consulting firms. We are the advisor of choice among top companies seeking guidance and counsel on senior leadership needs. We have unrivalled access to leading executives around the world. Our clients range across industries, from the world's largest companies to medium-sized businesses and entrepreneurial start-ups. We operate out of 51 offices in 27 countries. Last year we conducted more than 4,000 assignments around the world. Our team of more than 300 consultants possesses a unique blend of professional search experience and industry expertise. Consultants are organized in practices and work in teams, often across international boundaries that maximize sector specialization and knowledge-sharing. These client service teams are supported by first-rate associates and researchers, and backed by state-of-the-art technology. We place quality at the center of everything we do and solicit candid feedback at every opportunity in order to continually improve our service to clients. We channel our knowledge and expertise into a wide range of publications for the benefit of existing and prospective clients.

Alliance Partners

  • Amplify Partners

    Amplify Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm committed to redefining IT infrastructure, invests in technical entrepreneurs pursuing the multi-hundred-billion dollar Infrastructure 2.0 disruption. Amplify helps talented founders build valuable businesses by investing the right amount of early-stage capital and providing active company-building assistance. Amplify offers the unique combination of deep domain expertise, early-stage focus and a network of Venture AmplifiersTM to improve outcomes for infrastructure entrepreneurs.
  • Greylock Partners

    Greylock Partners backs entrepreneurs who are building disruptive, market-transforming consumer and enterprise software companies. We invest in companies that define new markets, including Airbnb, AppDynamics, Cloudera, Docker, Dropbox, Facebook (Nasdaq: FB), LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD), Medium, Nextdoor, Palo Alto Networks (NYSE: PANW) and Workday (NYSE: WDAY).
  • Lightspeed Venture Partners

    Lightspeed 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.
  • Sequoia Capital

    Sequoia is a venture firm with a 40+ year track record of partnering with daring entrepreneurs. Founded in 1972, we’ve been early business partners with many of technology’s biggest companies (Apple, Google, Oracle, Cisco, and more) along with many emerging leaders (WhatsApp, Palo Alto Networks, ServiceNow, FireEye, LinkedIn, Dropbox, Airbnb, etc).

Association Partners

  • SIM 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
  • Arizona Technology Council

    The Arizona Technology Council is the driving force behind making our state the fastest growing technology hub in the nation; connecting and empowering Arizona’s technology community. As Arizona’s premier trade association for science and technology companies, the Council is recognized as having a diverse professional business community and top professional networking organization. The Arizona Technology Council offers numerous events, educational forums and business conferences that bring together leaders, managers, employees and visionaries to make an impact on the technology industry. AZTC offers a variety of Phoenix networking groups for multiple industries with different commitment levels to fit every schedule. Council members work toward furthering the advancement of technology in Arizona through leadership, education, legislation and social action. These interactions contribute to the Council’s culture of growing member businesses and transforming technology in Arizona.
  • Year Up Arizona

    Year Up’s Professional Training Corps (PTC) in Phoenix launched January 2015 on the campus of Maricopa Community Colleges. Year Up’s PTC offers an intensive, one-year program for college students, ages 18-24, combining professional coaching, hands-on skill development, and internships at some of America’s top companies. As college students, our young adults have access to the library, tutoring resources, and other services offered by the college, in addition to the services offered by Year Up. As students work toward completing a degree at Maricopa Community Colleges, Year Up PTC provides them with professional development and work experience, preparing graduates to launch a meaningful career.

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7500 E Doubletree Ranch Rd
Scottsdale, AZ

Room rate is $355/night. This rate expires on January 12, 2017. To reserve a room, please visit

The Phoenix 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  


  • 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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