Past Summits

2018 St. Louis CIO Executive Leadership Summit

Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel, St. Louis, MO

Event Highlights

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

In today’s fast-changing business landscape, it’s not your competitors that threaten your company’s survival. It’s your organization’s willingness and capacity to disrupt its existing business model or be disrupted. Because the CIO is at the center of the digital transformation journey she or he is uniquely positioned to deliver fearless leadership, fuse emerging technologies with process redesign and people skills, partner with the C-suite and board of directors, and successfully navigate the business into the future.

The courageous leadership traits needed to foster a culture of innovation and transformation on the path to genius will be the focal point of the 2018 St. Louis CIO Executive Leadership Summit.

  • Christy Barker
    VP & CIO
    Olin Corporation

    Christy Barker is Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Olin Corporation, a global manufacturer of Chlor Alkali Products, Vinyls, Epoxy and Winchester.   Christy joined Olin in 2016, tasked to transform the IT operating model, business and manufacturing technology platform to integrate Olin’s global operations and deliver new capabilities that enable the company’s strategic digital roadmap.   She also serves a member of the American Chemistry Council’s Chemical Information Technology Center Executive Board.

    Christy’s previous experience includes senior leadership positions at Israel Chemicals Limited, where she worked in the USA, Israel, and Europe, and as CIO of Astaris.  Christy has extensive experience working within intense and demanding environments, leading global transformations and establishing business shared service centers around the world. She graduated with a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Missouri State and received her MBA from Webster University, while living in The Netherlands.

  • Sharon Gietl
    VP IT & CIO
    The Doe Run Company

    As The Doe Run Company’s Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, Gietl oversees the planning, implementation and management of the company’s information technology systems and strategic planning/enterprise project management office. She also is a member of Doe Run’s executive team.

    Gietl spoke or was a panelist at recent mining technology and other IT related conferences and events.

    Two recent articles written by Gietl in 2016 were published by CIOReview – “The Human Side of the Internet of Things” and “4 ‘Must Have’ Technologies for Metals and Mining”.

    Gietl is one of the 2011 St. Louis Business Journal’s 25 Most Influential Business Women, a Computerworld 2010 Premier 100 IT Leader and a 2009 Strathmore’s Who’s Who recipient.

    Her team’s been recognized as a 2010 PMO (Project Management Office) of the Year Award 1st Finalist and a member of the Information Week 500 List of Top Technology Innovators across America in 2011 and in 2012.

    Prior to joining Doe Run, Gietl was the Director of Information Services for Bryan Cave, LLP in St. Louis.  She worked for Petrolite Corporation for more than a decade, most recently as Director of Administration. Gietl has also held various positions with Caterpillar, Inc. and The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

    Gietl has a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry/Biology from Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa.

  • Don Guenther
    VP Business Development
    Technology Partners

    Don is VP of Business Development for Technology Partners focusing primarily on web and mobile application development.  Don has shared a passion for IT security, and in 2013 formed the “Breach Education Alliance”, a partnership of firms involved in marketing, legal services, insurance, IT network infrastructure and IT security.  The BEA presented to small and medium sized businesses on how to prepare your organization for a breach occurrence.  Don is a Chemical Engineer with a MBA with an emphasis in marketing by training.

  • Ron Guerrier
    CIO & Secretary of Innovation & Technology
    Board Member
    State of Illinois

    Ron Guerrier serves as the State of Illinois Chief Information Officer and Secretary for the Department of Innovation & Technology (DoIT). Illinois Governor JB Pritzker appointed Guerrier to serve in these roles in March of 2019, based on his extensive background and leadership in the innovation and technology fields.

    Guerrier has more than 20 years of experience managing technology in the private sector and has served as chief information officer for multibillion-dollar companies since 2012. Most recently, he held the position of CIO at Express Scripts, the nation's largest pharmacy benefit manager, and functioned in the same role at Farmers Insurance Group from 2015 to 2018. Prior to that, Guerrier spent 19 years at Toyota North America, rising from a customer service representative to IT manager to chief technology officer to vice president and chief information officer.

    Guerrier earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a master’s degree in operations management and supervision from North Park University. In addition, he has earned a certificate in IT management from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, an executive certificate in developing organizational innovation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Sloan School of Management, a certificate in innovation from the University of California, Berkeley; and a certificate in IT performance management from Boston University Questrom School of Business.

    Guerrier serves as the Chairman of the Board of IS Associates at the University of California, Los Angeles and is the Executive Advisor for STEM Advantage, a non-profit organization that opens doors for young women and underserved communities to pursue their dreams of a career in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Guerrier sits on the Board of Directors of SBP (, an organization which assists with the rebuilding of homes after natural disasters.

    Throughout his career, Guerrier has earned numerous honors and awards, including the 2019 Crane’s Top 50 Award, 2019 Top Technology Executive to Watch from HMG Strategy, CIO Breakaway Leader of the Year, Digital Edge 50 Award, CIO Lifetime Achievement Award, 3x and was included in the Black Enterprise Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America List. He has also written numerous articles for publications such as Entrepreneur, CIO Review and Fortune Magazines.

  • Gary Harbison
    Bayer Crop Science

    As the Chief Information Security Officer for Monsanto, a leading global agriculture company, Gary Harbison leads the Information Security Office with global responsibility for Cyber Security, Privacy, and Business Continuity Management.  Gary is also a member of the IT Leadership Team helping define and drive Monsanto’s global IT strategy.  Gary has 19 years of overall IT experience, with 17 of those focused in the Information Security domain.  Gary received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Webster University in St. Louis.  Gary is also an Adjunct Professor in the Cybersecurity Masters Program at Washington University in St. Louis.

  • Peter Hogan
    Post Holdings

    Pete Hogan is CTO at Post Holdings, Inc. He has led the transformation of Post Application and Data models into the cloud for over 60 applications along with the program management for the acquisition integration efforts across the IT ecosystems where Operating Divisions combined for synergies. Pete has also established the Enterprise Decision Science team to support Holding’s analytic functions through consolidated information in the cloud along with the team evolving to serve a consulting analytics role to the dozen plus Operating Companies Post Holdings has acquired over the past six years. In addition, he has led Post Holdings and it’s Operating Divisions through both Privacy Shield and GDPR compliance where the business units were potentially impacted. Prior to this, Pete was a VP over eCommerce and Retail Systems at Caleres and Integrated Product Services at MasterCard International.

  • Mike Honer
    Executive Recruiter
    Honer & Associates

    In April of 2017 celebrated 40th Anniversary in the Recruiting Industry. Diverse experience, started career working for a Privately Held Recruiting Firm, moved into Privately Held Partnership serving as a billable CEO, and currently work as a Self-Employed Executive Recruiter as the only Employee.

    Started career with Professional Career Development a privately held, high-caliber recruiting firm with multiple specialties in direct hire placement. Worked as an individual contributor for 18 months in the Information Technology Division before promotion to Vice President of the Division. Ran division for 12 years before starting Preferred Resources. Recruited and placed professionals working under the Corporate CIO and managed a staff of up to 12.

    Prior to opening Honer and Associates, founded, grew, and managed Preferred Resources. Started Preferred Resources as employee #1. Built company’s two lines of business, direct hire placement and information technology staffing (contracting) rapidly. High water mark through the 90's was approximately 100 employees, 80 contractors/rest recruiters and admin staff. Sold interest in Preferred Resources in 2001 to start Honer and Associates and return focus to direct hire search for Information Technology clientele, specializing in the roles listed above.

    Founded Honer and Associates in June of 2002 as an Executive Recruiting Firm specializing in IT Leadership, Management, and SMEs. Currently provide direct hire services to Enterprise Technology functions and Information Technology organizations. Expert in talent acquisition and retention. Ability to identify, recognize, and exclusively refer high caliber candidates "that fit" client's specific competencies, requirements, and organizational demands. Lines of business include both retained and contingency search services. Work with Growth Companies concentrating on the recruitment of CIOs, VPs, Sr. Directors, Directors, Managers, Architects, Program Directors, and Sr. Technical Engineering Staff.

    Currently live in Wildwood, MO with wife Shelley of 29 years and have office in Chesterfield, MO.


  • David Karandish

    David Karandish is the Co-founder and Chairman of and Chief Executive Officer of is an incubator focused on investing in, building and growing high performing, technology enabled businesses. is an enterprise artificial intelligence company and the first for-profit business incubated out of

    Prior to starting Equity, David was the CEO of Answers Corporation. David and Chris Sims started the parent company of Answers in 2006 and sold the company to a private equity firm in 2014 for north of $900m.

    David holds a bachelor's degree in computer science and a second major in entrepreneurship from Washington University in St. Louis, where he graduated cum laude. He is a member of the Gateway chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization. David lives in St. Louis with his wife, Erin and four kids. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his family and playing ukulele.

  • Carla Lambrecht
    Assistant Vice President IT
    Enterprise Holdings, Inc.

    Carla Lambrecht, assistant vice president at Enterprise Holdings IT, leads the Shared Services team and sets the strategy for both internally and externally hosted solutions. Carla has been instrumental in transforming the Infrastructure organization to an Information Technology (IT) as a Service service-based delivery model. Carla’s primary focus is to provide the IT services necessary to support business objectives and the engineering the IT services require for future business goals.

    Carla began her Enterprise career in 1998 as an application development project manager. Carla has held positions in software engineering, project management, application architecture and assistant vice president of application development since joining Enterprise. She rapidly took on added responsibilities that ultimately lead to the successful evolution of a critical rental fulfillment system fostering Enterprise’s tremendous growth. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Minnesota State University and a Master of Business Administration from Maryville University.

    As a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, Carla focuses on helping provide girls with an opportunity to learn about leadership and to utilize their skills by participating and leading activities that focus on addressing global issues at the local level.

  • Justin Lauer
    Field CTO

  • Tony Leng
    Managing Director, Digital Transformation and CIO Practice Lead
    Diversified Search

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Maurice Mahone
    Daugherty Business Solutions

    Maurice Mahone is the Former Assistant Vice President of Application Development at the Federal Reserve Bank in St. Louis, Missouri.   He has technical knowledge and executive leadership experience in the Software Development, Process Improvement, Project Management, and IT Audit areas. He has worked with a range of technologies in the Financial Services, Agricultural, Chemical, Biotechnology, and Paper and Packaging industries.  He has also worked for several Federal Government agencies including the Departments of Agriculture, Energy, and Defense. Maurice graduated from Fontbonne University with an Undergraduate degree in Business and is a Certified Information Systems Auditor.   He is on the Executive Advisory Council for the Black Data Processors Association and former Board Member of the Sheldon Art Galleries and the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition.  He served in the US Army as a Telecommunications Specialist.  

  • 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.

  • Cindy Kay Olson
    Chief Human Capital Transformation Strategist
    Choice Solutions

    Cindy Olson began her career at Koch Industries as an accountant and then an internal auditor with PepsiCo. Those early experiences laid the foundation for a solid financial awareness and the curiosity and process for evaluating any function. She joined Inter North in Omaha, Nebraska, which later became Enron.  While at Enron, she held various roles in accounting, finance, internal audit, operations, risk management, community relations and human resources.  Ms. Olson, uniquely lived both the creation and the demise of Enron and served on the company’s 20 person Executive Committee as one of only three women to ever do so.  She held the position of Executive Vice President of Global Human Resources for the 25,000 employee organization generating over $1 Billion in earnings with a market cap of over $60Billion when the company filed for bankruptcy.

    Throughout her career she was used as a transformational leader taking on the challenge of merging functions into a single more effective organization. With each new role she brought cross functional teams together to determine best in class processes and technology necessary to deliver a best in breed function. She was responsible for helping the Fortune 7 Corporation become Fortune’s 22nd best company to work for and driving the innovative culture which led to Enron being the first company named as Fortune’s most Innovative, 6 years in a row. During and after the corporation’s collapse, she learned many governance lessons; including aggregated risk management, the cultural impact to sustainability, enforcement of corporate values and the impact of rapid growth; all invaluable at the board level.

    Being part of Enron was the equivalent of working for many different corporations because of the corporation’s continuous reinvention of itself through Innovation.  Rapid growth through merger and acquisition and unprecedented organic growth allowed Ms. Olson to have the experience of leading numerous functions.

    Cindy’s unique experience provided her the opportunity to work side by side, learning the methodologies of renowned strategists including McKinsey, Accenture, Ernest and Young, W. Edwards Deming, Stephen Covey, Gary Hamell and others.  Her strengths include an unprecedented visionary inspired leadership ability, transformational courage and acumen, expertise in building a superior employment brand, talent optimization and retention and a thorough understanding of finance, risk management and operations. Having a background in multiple functions makes her a strong and unique advisor in many areas.  As a result of her experience she consults with leadership teams on the cultural aspects that influenced both the building and collapse of the company.

    Having the experience of being both in the board room and a member of the executive governing body for this Fortune 7 organization, combined with the experiential lessons that she learned by rising through the ranks, gives her a unique ability to advise at the board level on many current issues surrounding culture, workforce automation, the attraction and retention of the best talent in the world, risk management and operational efficiency. 

    In her current role as Chief Human Capital Transformation Strategist for Choice Solutions she advises business leaders on how tightly linked business success is to the adoption of emerging technologies. She is an expert in how to transform the organization’s complex and fast changing HR and IT organizations and understands the “Innovators and Disruptors” in the technology world. 

    A technical white paper authored by Olson discussing the impact culture played on Enron’s failure provides the foundation for Olson being a sought after speaker and thought leader. She co-founded the creation of an Index used to predict sustainable corporate performance and authored the only book written by a top Enron Executive, “The Whole Truth so Help Me God”  describing both the rise and fall of one of the most successful businesses in recent American history.  She has served on many nonprofit boards including the YMCA of Greater Houston, Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas, and Juvenile Diabetes Foundation of the Gulf Coast, Search Homeless Services, the PGE Enron Foundation Board and a founding member of the Women’s Greater Houston Partnership.  Currently she serves as a mentor and Entrepreneur in Residence for the Bloch School’s Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and resides in Kansas City with her husband of 42 years.

    Corporate Resume is available upon request.  She can be reached at 970.208.5210 and at

  • Adil Rahman
    Digital Strategy & Growth Lead
    Bayer Crop Science

    Adil Rahman is a strategy lead on Bayer’s Crop Science Digital Strategy and Innovation team. In this role, he works with the Corporate Strategy team to identify strategic acquisitions, partnerships and growth opportunities in the digital space.

    Bayer Crop Science continually looks to leverage its strong balance sheet and align new investments to its corporate vision and business strategy by exploring opportunities to acquire new businesses or create new business partnerships.  

    Adil joined Bayer’s information technology team in 2006. As an innovator and thought leader Adil has delivered multitude of digital platforms in the Ag space.  He is passionate about applying technology to transform agriculture and customer experience, and building integrated products & services to unlock new growth and digital revenue.

    Adil has a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore, Pakistan and a MBA from Washington University, St. Louis MO. 

  • Holly Reinen
    VP, Global Technology Solutions

  • Dan Roberts
    President & CEO
    Ouellette & Associates

    Dan Roberts joined Ouellette & Associates Consulting, Inc. (O&A) in 1986, was named President of the firm in 1995, and in December 1999, he acquired the company.
    He meets and strategizes with IT and business executives and their leadership teams across North America on issues relating to IT transformation and culture change, building the IT workforce of the 21st century, and marketing IT's value.

    Dan is a contributing author of O&A's book titled Unleashing the Power of IT (Wiley, 2011). He has published numerous articles in industry journals and contributed to O&A's books titled, Leading IT Transformation, IT At Your Service, IT Internal Consulting, and How to Market the IT Department Internally.

    Dan is a frequent speaker at IT industry and corporate events, including the CIO Forum & Executive IT Summit Series, national SIMposium, NERCOMP, and the Sports & Entertainment Alliance in Technology (SEAT).

    Dan believes that there has never been a better time to be in the IT profession and that those IT professionals who reinvent themselves will thrive in this new environment. This will necessitate the development of a new mindset and skill set that ensures they are positioned as the consultative, client focused, marketing-savvy, and provider of choice.

    As the leading provider of IT leadership and professional development  services focusing on the "human side of technology," Dan is proud of O&A's long term partnerships with world class, Fortune 1000 clients across all industries including aerospace, financial services/insurance, healthcare, pharmaceutical, retail, utilities, as well as many governments and universities.

    A graduate of the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire, Dan and his wife Denise have two grown children, and reside near O&A's Bedford, NH headquarters.

  • Teresa Sanzottera
    VP & CIO, Specialty Generics
    Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

    Teresa Sanzottera is Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Specialty Generics at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, a global chemical and generic pharmaceutical business.   As a member of the Specialty Generics executive team, she provides digital and technical leadership, vision, and experience.  During her tenure at Mallinckrodt, Ms. Sanzottera has led several global technology initiatives and has made substantial contributions to Mallinckrodt’s acquisition integrations and divestitures.     

    Prior to her tenure at Mallinckrodt, Ms. Sanzottera spent 10 years in various IT technical and project management roles in financial services, higher education and manufacturing.     She served as a 2018 Edison Award Judge, an organization that honors and recognizes innovation and innovators.    Ms. Sanzottera has served on United Way funding committees and is active with several other philanthropic organizations.      

    She holds a bachelor’s degree from Webster University in International Studies and a Master’s of Business Administration from Maryville University.

  • Jim Swanson
    EVP & Group CIO
    Johnson & Johnson

    James (Jim) Swanson previously served as a member of the Executive Leadership Team and as Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Head of Digital Transformation for the Crop Science division of Bayer. Based in Monheim, Germany, Swanson led teams across the world using digital innovation and data science to transform and deliver world-class products and services sustainably. 

    Most recently, Swanson was the Chief Information Officer at Monsanto for the past five years. His breadth of experience also includes executive and scientific roles at Merck, Johnson & Johnson and SmithKline Beecham. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Bioscience and Biotechnology and a master’s degree in Computer Science, both from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Swanson is a member of the St. Louis CIO Board, Washington University’s Information Technology Advisory Council and the External Advisory Committee of the McDonnell International Scholars Academy at Washington University. 

    Swanson is married with three daughters. In his free time, he enjoys running, biking, skiing, scuba diving and boating. Swanson volunteers with the Greater St. Louis Honor Flight Organization, United Way Ready by 21 and the American Heart Association. 

  • Petra Volckaert
    Vice President, Global Marketing and Commercial Excellence IT Lead
    Bayer Crop Science

    Petra Volckaert is the Global Information Technology Lead for Vegetable Seeds and Ag Productivity at Bayer. Prior to her current role, Ms. Volckaert spent eight years at Monsanto Company, serving in a variety of roles within their vegetable seeds business including overseeing operations for EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Asia) Strategy and Marketing in Barcelona, and EMEA Marketing Operations Lead and EMEA IT Lead in The Netherlands. Ms. Volckaert has earned Bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration, International Business Administration, and Translation and Interpretation of Dutch, English and Spanish. She also studied Agricultural Engineering at the University of Ghent in Belgium and completed the Erasmus Program at the University of Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona.

  • Gary VonderHaar
    EVP, Operations & Technology Processing

    Gary J. VonderHaar is Chief Technology Officer – Architecture for MasterCard Operations & Technology (O&T). In this role, he ensures that the company’s technology and operations capabilities align with business strategies.  He serves on the MasterCard’s Operating Committee and on the Innovation Council as a champion for IT Transformation. Prior to his current role, Mr. VonderHaar held a number of digital solution technology leadership positions at MasterCard, ensuring business and technology alignment. His previous IT leadership roles were with Accenture and McDonnell Douglas’ Defense Systems. Under his leadership, MasterCard won the prestigious InfoWorld/Forrester Enterprise Architecture Award in 2013. Mr. VonderHaar graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management, Electrical Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

  • Timothy Welker
    VP of IT
    Nortek Air Management

    Currently VP of IT for Nortek Air Management shaping the IT landscape for 3 business units, Residential, Light Commercial, and Large Commercial across 15 plants in North America and Europe.

    Formally VP of IT at Maritz Motivation Solutions for 3 years.  Responsible for technology organization supporting 50+ client platforms generating $130+ million in revenue annually. Included IT development, support, and business operations. Also, responsible for technology portion of client engagements: selling, solution design, launch, and relationship management. Staff of 60+ and budget of $3 million.

    Prior to that, Senior Director of Applications Development, North American Zone A-BInBev where I spent 18 years. 

    Responsible for leading delivery of IT capital projects for Sales, Marketing, Logistics, Supply, Finance, Procurement, and HR functions both US and Canada. Included defining $150 million, three-year IT plan for those functions. Also, responsible for developing IT leadership team. Staff of 100+ and budget of $50 million. 

  • Lina Young
    SVP & CIO

    Lina A. Young is a Business and Information Technology leader with over 25 years of experience. Currently serves as Senior Vice President Peabody Business Services & Chief Information Officer for Peabody, a global fortune 500 Company, supporting 7200 employees in over 26 locations worldwide, with customers in nearly 30 countries on 6 continents.  Lina leads the global business shared services organization for delivery of core business services as well as oversees all strategic and operational aspects of Information Technology worldwide.   

    Lina has over 20 years of technical and management experience in the Energy industry, serving in a variety of a management roles as a global IT and business leader.  She served as Senior Vice President Marketing Commercial Services, Vice President Enterprise Resource Planning and as Vice President of Healthcare Management in Human Resources.  Prior to joining Peabody, she was a member of technical staff with AT&T focusing on technology advancements in telecommunications.

    Lina is active in the community and serves on number of Advisory Boards, Regional Board of NPower and served on the Board of Directors for the YWCA and Family Resource Center. She was recognized as the 2017 Gateway to Innovations’ Technology Leader of the Year by her peers, “25 Most Influential Business Women” and “25 Most Inclusive Leaders” by the St. Louis Business Journal.  In addition, she was nationally recognized in STEMConnector among 100 Women Leaders in STEM.

    Lina holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Science from Tulane School of Engineering, Masters in Information Management and a Masters in Telecommunications from Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science.

  • Jedidiah Yueh
    Founder and Chairman

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


October 04, 2018, 7:00 AM-5:30 PM
Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM        

Registration, Continental Breakfast and Networking

8:00 AM - 8:20 AM  

Welcome and Introduction

Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

8:20 AM - 8:40 AM

HMG Lead, Innovate, Disrupt Executive Interview:  Lessons Learned Along the Digital Transformation Journey

Jim Swanson, SVP/CIO and Digital Transformation Lead, Bayer Crop Science interviewed by Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

8:40 AM - 9:00 AM

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

Jedidiah Yueh, Founder and Chairman, Delphix

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

9:00 AM - 9:20 AM

HMG Lead, Innovate, Disrupt Tech Talk: Using Artificial Intelligence to Streamline the Workplace  

David Karandish, CEO,

Artificial intelligence is poised to radically transform the modern workplace. David Karandish, CEO and Founder of, will discuss trends on what is happening in AI, and specifically how AI can transform and simplify access to information from a company's applications, documents, and people.

9:20 AM - 9:50 AM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

9:50 AM - 10:30 AM  

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

Gary Harbison, CISO, Bayer Crop Science

Peter Hogan, VP Enterprise Applications and Chief Privacy Officer, Post Holdings

Justin Lauer, Field CTO, Rubrik

Maurice Mahone, AVP Application Development, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Timothy Welker, VP of IT, Nortek Air Management 

Moderator:  Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

In the new digital era, successful companies aren’t working harder – they’re working smarter. Intelligent enterprises are harnessing new technologies that include Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data analytics to identify and act on new business opportunities, automate key facets of their operations, and boost organizational productivity. This panel of executives will discuss real-world applications of advanced technologies that are driving speed to market and a competitive edge. 

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM 

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Scaling the 7 C’s: Customer Centricity from the Inside Out

Cindy Kay Olson, Chief Human Capital Transformation Strategy, Choice Solutions

Holly Reinen, VP, Global Technology Solutions, RGAX

Petra Volckaert, Global Director of IT, Vegetables and Ag Productivity, Bayer Crop Science

Gary VonderHaar, EVP, Operations & Technology Processing, MasterCard

Moderator:  Dan Roberts, President and CEO, Ouellette & Associates

Virgin entrepreneur Richard Branson builds his iconic customer-centric companies with an “employees first, customers second, shareholders third mindset.” At a time when words like “disruption,” “transformation,” “automation,” and “modernization” grab the headlines, this highly engaging session will highlight the secret sauce that seasons a business-impacting, customer-centric culture from the inside out. This panel of top-tier technology executives will showcase innovative leaders and companies that are winning the talent war with a high “TQ” and differentiated workforce strategy.

11:50 AM - 1:00 PM  


1:00 PM - 1:30 PM  

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

Mike Honer, Executive Recruiter, Honer & Associates 

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

Moderator:  Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

Today’s technology executive plays a pivotal role in helping his or her organization respond to the forces of change needed to become a digital enterprise, no matter what industry they are in. What are the top skills and traits necessary to lead a successful digital transformation, develop collaboration with the C-suite and board, and to achieve the future vision? This panel of top technology search executives will share valuable advice on what key attributes and strategies, beyond leadership, are making some technology executives more successful than others.     

1:30 PM - 2:10 PM

EXECUTIVE KEYNOTE: Doubling Down on Customer-Centric Innovation

Ron Guerrier, SVP & CIO, Express Scripts

2:10 PM - 2:40 PM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

2:40 PM - 3:40 PM 

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

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

  1. AI and Machine Learning (SESSION LEAD:  Sharon Gietl, VP IT & CIO, The Doe Run Company)
  2. Cloud (SESSION LEAD:  Peter Hogan, VP Enterprise Applications and Chief Privacy Officer, Post Holdings)
  3. Blockchain (SESSION LEAD:  Adil Rahman, M&A and Growth Opportunities Lead, Bayer Crop Science)
  4. Career and Leadership (SESSION LEAD:  Tony Leng, Managing Director and CIO Practice Leader, Diversified Search)
  5. Enterprise Risk Management (SESSION LEAD:  Don Guenther, VP Business Development, Technology Partners)
  6. Digital Disruption (SESSION LEAD:  Mayda Barsumyan, CDTO, Technology Partners)

3:40 PM - 3:50 PM

Transition Break

3:50 PM - 4:30 PM

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Summoning the Courage to Lead and Drive Innovation in Highly Disruptive Times 

Christy Barker, VP & CIO, Olin Corporation

Carla Lambrecht,  AVP IT, Enterprise Holdings, Inc.

Teresa Sanzottera, VP & CIO, Specialty Generics, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

Lina Young, SVP & CIO, Peabody

Moderator:  Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

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.

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Raffle Prizes and Executive Networking Reception

Platinum Partners

  • Rubrik

    Rubrik delivers a single software platform to manage and protect data in the cloud, at the edge, and on-premises. Enterprises choose Rubrik’s Cloud Data Management software to simplify backup and recovery, accelerate cloud adoption, and enable automation at scale. As organizations of all sizes adopt cloud-first policies, they rely on Rubrik’s Polaris SaaS platform to unify data for security, governance, and compliance.
  • is building an artificial intelligence platform to transform the modern workforce. Think of it like a Siri or Alexa for work, but with secure access to all of your apps, documents and your institutional knowledge. Our AI platform “Jane” is a virtual team member that everyone can chat with to access information. Jane uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to make all of your organization's information instantly accessible on a conversational interface. She can access and store data on any cloud-based system, capture the company's tribal knowledge, mine information out of documents, and make it all accessible in the simplest possible way — on mobile, using natural language, without any software to install or any login to remember.

Gold Partners

  • eSentire

    eSentire, the global leader in Managed Detection and Response (MDR), keeps organizations safe from constantly evolving cyber attacks that technology alone cannot prevent. Its 24x7 Security Operations Center (SOC), staffed by elite security analysts, hunts, investigates, and responds in real-time to known and unknown threats before they become business disrupting events. Protecting more than $5.7 trillion AUM in the financial sector alone, eSentire absorbs the complexity of cybersecurity, delivering enterprise-grade protection and the ability to comply with growing regulatory requirements. For more information, visit and follow @eSentire.
  • Fortinet

    Fortinet provides top-rated network and content security, as well as secure access products that share intelligence and work together to form a cooperative fabric. Our unique security fabric combines Security Processors, an intuitive operating system, and applied threat intelligence to give you proven security, exceptional performance, and better visibility and control--while providing easier administration. Our flagship enterprise firewall platform, FortiGate, is available in a wide range of sizes and form factors to fit any environment and provides a broad array of next-generation security and networking functions. Complementary products can be deployed with a FortiGate to enable a simplified, end-to-end security infrastructure.
  • Ivanti

    Ivanti unifies IT and Security Operations to better manage and secure the digital workplace. From PCs to mobile devices, VDI and the data center, we discover IT assets on-premises and in the cloud, improve IT service delivery, and reduce risk with insights and automation. We also help you leverage modern technology in the warehouse and across the supply chain to improve delivery without modifying backend systems. Ivanti is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has offices all over the world. For more information, visit and follow us at @GoIvanti.
  • Nutanix

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

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

  • Cohesity

    Cohesity makes your data work for you by consolidating secondary storage silos onto a hyperconverged, web-scale data platform that spans both private and public clouds. Enterprise customers begin by radically streamlining their backup and data protection, then converge file and object services, test/dev instances, and analytic functions to provide a global data store. Cohesity counts many Global 1000 companies and federal agencies among its rapidly growing customer base and was named to Forbes’ “Next Billion-Dollar Startups 2017,” LinkedIn’s “Startups: The 50 Industry Disruptors You Need to Know Now,” and CRN’s “2017 Emerging Vendors in Storage” lists.
  • Delphix

    Delphix’s mission is to empower businesses to accelerate innovation through data. In a world where every company is becoming a data company, the Delphix Dynamic Data Platform gives teams self-service access to secure, personal data environments to fuel application development, analytics, and AI while also minimizing data risk.
  • Zerto

    Zerto helps customers accelerate IT transformation by reducing the risk and complexity of modernization and cloud adoption. By replacing multiple legacy solutions with a single IT Resilience Platform, Zerto is changing the way disaster recovery, data protection and cloud are managed. With enterprise scale, Zerto’s software platform delivers continuous availability for an always-on customer experience while simplifying workload mobility to protect, recover, and move applications freely across hybrid and multi-clouds.

Trailblazer Partners

  • iSymplify

    iSymplify helps businesses perform more efficiently by leveraging cloud services to reduce costs or meet new business challenges. With a technology-agnostic and provider-neutral approach, iSymplify works collaboratively with clients to meet business needs - focusing on delivering the best course of action for ideal short- and long-term solutions with technologies such as voice/web collaboration, networking and managed services, cloud computing, Microsoft Cloud, IoT and AI, disaster recovery, security, and blockchain.

Breakfast Partners

  • YASH

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

Strategic Partners

  • Egon Zehnder

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

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

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

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

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

Alliance Partners

  • Amplify Partners

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

    Glynn Capital is focused on investments in leading private and public technology growth companies. We seek to be long-term investors in a limited number of excellent companies with world-class management teams, sustainable business models, and long-term growth potential.
  • Greylock Partners

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

    Lightspeed 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

  • Technology Partners

    Technology Partners is an award-winning, certified Women Business Enterprise that provides premier IT staffing and solutions. With a focus on partnership, we have worked with hundreds of clients across a range of industries nationwide, and held client and consultant relationships that have lasted as long as we've been in business. Built upon a revolutionary transparent-margin business model, Technology Partners provides better value for our clients while giving our consultants higher salaries and career control. We're committed to partnerships with our clients and consultants, assessing their needs and providing them with the absolute best service.

Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel

800 Washington Ave
St. Louis, MO

Room rate is $169/night. This rate expires on September 12, 2018.

To book a room, please call 1-800-397-1282 and mention the HMG Strategy Room Block.

The CIO Executive Leadership Summit is created for CIOs/IT leaders. It also has strong appeal to leaders interested in better positioning their organizations and themselves for what's ahead in business and to achieve the greatest benefits through the use of information technology. 

To ensure a high quality environment and to maximize the networking experience, all attendees must be:

  • Employed C-Level executives (non-vendor) or equivalent, CIOs, Direct Reports of CIOs, or Senior Most IT Professional in an organization with $200M or greater revenue, or from not-for-profit or government organizations with comparable size

- OR - 

  • Full time academicians

If you meet the criteria above, there is no fee to attend.

All registration requests will be reviewed and approved based upon above stated criteria.

* Sales/marketing individuals or consultants from non-sponsoring vendor organizations are not permitted.

Special Needs - We fully support the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you require special assistance of any kind, please call us at (203) 221-2702 or email us at


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(203) 221-2702