Past Summits

2019 Denver CIO Executive Leadership Summit

The Ritz-Carlton Denver, Denver, CO

Future State 2025 - Driving the Digital Roadmap to a Customer-Centric Enterprise

As companies strive to better meet the needs and expectations of its customers, CIOs and technology executives play a critical role in identifying how advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, Big Data, analytics, the Internet of Things, blockchain and cloud computing can be leveraged to enhance the customer experience, craft customer-focused business models and  gain a competitive edge.

The innovative mindset and courageous leadership required to partner with the C-suite and board of directors to transform the business will be the focal point of the 2019 Denver CIO Executive Leadership Summit.

  • 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.

  • Mike Barlow
    Senior Writer
    HMG Strategy


  • JP Batra
    Interim CIO
    Blue River International, Inc.

    JP Batra is a Technology executive and a thought leader who has revitalized IT departments, turned around stalled strategic initiatives and managed them to success. He work has resulted in business acceleration using technology, better employee engagement and improved time to market.  His successes include re-energizing revenue, stock and reputation impacting initiative for a Fortune 500 client and applying emerging tech to gain market share over entrenched services leaders for his client company.

    JP thrives on innovation and innovative ideas. He assists IT prepare for innovation and emerging tech opportunities, and its integration with mainstream IT.  His thought leadership papers are posted on his linkedin profile (   JP can be reached at

  • Robert Bernard
    Executive Director DCG Supply Chain Strategy & Innovation

    ROBERT (BOBBY) BERNARD is currently the Executive Director of Global Procurement / Supply Chain Strategy & Transformation for Lenovo Data Center Group (DCG).  Based on his ability to create a vision and make it a reality through strategy development and implementation, he was asked by the senior executive team to take on this new role after serving in various supply chain, procurement, and services roles within Lenovo since joining in 2013.  Bobby leads an organization with members in US, Europe, and China responsible for developing industry-leading supply chain strategies and the digital transformation of the DCG supply chain to create operational efficiencies, drive incremental commerce, and ensure positive customer experiences.

    Prior to Lenovo, Bobby worked in a various executive leadership positions at Dell, Inc. across procurement, supply chain, product development, services, and quality.  This included a three-year international assignment in Shanghai, China where he built locally a product operations and supply chain organization with global responsibilities and led the product quality organization for Dell’s entire consumer business worldwide with teams in Austin, Singapore, Taiwan, and China.

    Bobby started his career at IBM in various roles across manufacturing, supply chain, and new product development over an eight year span.

    Bobby holds a bachelor of science dual degree in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering & Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  He is married, has a daughter and a son, and lives in Apex, North Carolina.  Outside of work, Bobby spends time volunteering in youth sports and participating in Sitting Volleyball for disabled veterans.

  • Chet Chambers
    Chief RPA Evangelist

    Michael “Chet” Chambers was a successful early adopter of RPA technology, back when functioning robots were still science fiction to most people. He saved his employer VHA millions by analyzing data on a previously impossible scale. Soon after, he moved to an executive role at HP, partnering with UiPath to deploy 224 robots in under a year. Chet was so smitten with UiPath that came on board as a Chief Evangelist – helping UiPath customers scale their RPA initiatives.

  • Martin Coover
    Partner & Executive Search Consultant

    Based out of the firm’s Denver, Colorado office, Martin T. Coover serves as executive vice president for Jobplex, Inc., a DHR International company. Martin has more than a decade of domestic and international corporate experience. Having served in various marketing management and communications leadership positions across the education, international non-profit, retail, and food & beverage segments, Martin utilizes an in-depth understanding of the global workplace to bring a unique and focused perspective to the world of executive search. Currently in his third year with the firm, Martin has managed projects across an array of market segments and continues to develop impactful relationships throughout the worlds of education, non-profit, food & beverage, manufacturing, construction management, direct sales, software and technology, energy/oil & gas, real estate, and health care among others.  Never straying too far from his education roots, Martin also currently serves as a member of the Corporate Work Study Program Board at Arrupe Jesuit, and is an active fundraiser and committee member with the Denver Scholarship Foundation. Prior to moving to Denver and joining DHR International, Martin and his wife spent time living and working in the city of Quito, Ecuador.  While working at the British School of Quito, he also provided marketing, communications, and consulting services to various educational non-profits. Before heading to South America, Martin worked in the marketing department for leading food-ingredient manufacturer Newly Weds Foods, Inc., out of Chicago, IL. Martin earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and counts conversational Spanish among his qualifications and interests.

  • Glenn Dally
    Former CISO
    IBM Security - Executive Advisor
    IBM Security

    As the CISO at Molson Coors Brewing Company, Glenn Dally has 25+ years of IT experience within 6 different industries.  He entered the cyber security field In 2011 as the CISO at a leading natural gas pipeline company.  After 6 successful years he’s taken his CISO skills to Molson Coors and has found a new purpose – to Delight the World’s Beer Drinkers.  Glenn has his MBA, BSCS, CISM, and GSLC.  He is also an active advisor for LEO Cyber Security.

  • Nicole Eagan
    Chief Strategy Officer and AI Officer

  • Kevin Glynn
    Managing Principal
    The Laminar Group LLC

    Kevin is a managing principal at the Laminar Group, focusing on technology and supply chain related services.  More specifically, services to CIOs and Boards, especially IT strategy, digital transformation and innovation, as well as consulting services related to supply chain with a technology focus.  

    Mr. Kevin Glynn is a three time public and private company Chief Information Officer (CIO), including being recognized as the 2019 CIO Innovator of the Year in Chicago. Additionally, Kevin has been Chief Operating Officer (COO) in a technology startup and acting VP of Operations.  Kevin is an experienced internationalist, having lived 8 years in Europe and Latin America over his career.

    Mr. Glynn’s technology leadership includes shifting legacy systems to cloud based platforms, building big data capabilities, implementation of Agile techniques, early work in Artificial Intelligence, and the use of drones and moveable robots in a warehouse environment. He is frequently cited in publications and has authored a variety of supply chain, distribution, ethics and technology articles. 

    Over his career, and as an exception to the traditional CIO role, Mr. Glynn has led two separate company restructuring initiatives, and was the project lead and principle author of a complete company restructuring plan, including closing 5 facilities, and a 10% reduction in workforce, yielding $33 million in savings for a multi-billion dollar organization.  At a different company, he was a key executive in the restructuring of all operations and distributions. 

    As CIO, Mr. Glynn worked at DSC Logistics, AM Castle and Case New Holland.  While at AM Castle, in addition to his CIO responsibilities, he was acting VP of Operations.  Prior to being CIO, Kevin was COO of Iron Solutions, a startup company using data analytics in agriculture.  Previously, he has been a Vice President for Oracle Corporation, leading its consulting practices in Europe.   Kevin started his career as an engineer, working at Carlise Memory Products and also Qualcomm. 

    Mr. Glynn currently serves as Chair of the Advisory Board for Northwestern University’s MS IT program.  He is a former Chair of the Environment Board for the City of Evanston.  He has a BS in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University and a Master of International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management. 

  • Sara Gooch Griffith
    Euronet Worldwide, Inc.

    Sara Griffith is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Euronet Worldwide, Inc. (Nasdaq: EEFT), a public financial services company who is an industry leader in processing secure electronic transactions and payments for financial institutions, service providers, and individual customers all over the globe.  Sara has been the CISO the past seven years where she has worked to centralize and standardize security policies, requirements, processes, reporting, tools, and training across the organization’s three core business segments.  In 2005, Sara joined Euronet and traveled the world extensively her first seven years with Euronet where she managed and executed annual financial, IT, operational, FCPA, and compliance audits while she led as Director of Internal Audit for five of those years.  Euronet is headquartered in Kansas City, but has 7,400 employees in 65 offices worldwide in Europe, Asia Pacific, North America, the Middle East, South America, and Africa.  Sara has worked onsite in 29 of those countries during her time at Euronet.  Euronet has a market cap over $8B and 2018 revenues over $2.5B.  They processed over 4B transactions and $115B in payments in 2018 alone.  Prior to Euronet, Sara worked in public and internal audit roles at Ernst & Young, LLP, and Assurant, Inc.  Sara attended Kansas State University and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in August 2000.  Sara was the very first KSU College of Business student to graduate with a dual major in Accounting and Management Information Systems (M.I.S.), and she was also the first female to complete and graduate from the M.I.S. program since inception of the program.  Sara is passionate about encouraging females to pursue IT security careers and leadership roles.  She is active in the IT Security/Cybersecurity industry, and she participates in several CISO interest groups in Denver.  Sara has also been a speaker on IT Security and Cybersecurity for the Colorado IT Symposium and the Rocky Mountain Information Security Conference.  Sara currently resides in Denver with her husband, Nick, two sons, Jack and Luke (ages 5 and 4), and daughter Reese (11 months old).

  • Dan Jost
    Senior Manager, IT Digital innovation and Emerging Technologies
    Molson Coors Brewing Company

    Dan Jost oversees digital innovation and emerging technologies in global IT at Molson Coors Brewing Company. In his role, he leads a team which provides an enterprise-wide innovation pipeline for identifying, testing, and scaling new technologies and partnerships across the business.

    Dan has served in digital technology-related roles for much of his career. Prior to joining Molson Coors, Dan managed product intelligence and analytics for Charter Communications as part of their Denver-based product development team. He also helped launch new digital publishing platforms while at Inkling in San Francisco and led new technology product development at the New York-based book publisher, W.W. Norton & Company.

    But before all of this, he was trained as a classical archaeologist, which accounts for his decidedly non-techie degrees from Stanford University.

  • Stephen Katsirubas
    Hunter Douglas

    Stephen Katsirubas is a well-known driver of global digital transformation and innovation with a proven track record of achieving results.    

    An industry respected leader, Mr. Katsirubas is currently the Chief Information Officer for Hunter Douglas, the world leader in the windows covering and architectural industry.   In this role, Mr. Katsirubas is responsible for the overall IT strategy and technology empowerment of the Hunter Douglas North American organization.   

    Over a 25+ successful year career in IT, he has championed numerous successful technology initiatives ranging from $100M+ large scale ERP implementations to leading manufacturing technology solutions as well as digital and mobile innovation, global supply chain transformations, leading edge ecommerce solutions as well as building world class agile global IT organizations.  

    Prior to joining Hunter Douglas, Mr. Katsirubas has had a long career in IT as the Global CIO for Crocs, CIO for Clarks, and has held several other positions as a program director, software engineer and a management consultant in the international trade arena.  Other accomplishments include being recognized as a top Colorado CIO in 2015 as well as a being previously nominated as the top Retail CIO of the Year in 2012.  Preceding the IT portion of his career, he distinctly served with the United States Marine Corps as a non-commission officer and is a combat veteran of the first Gulf War.  Mr. Katsirubas holds an MBA from Clarkson University and a Bachelor of Science from Norwich University.  Mr. Katsirubas likes to spend his time with his wife and three children as well as assisting charities that support children.  He currently sits on the board of A Precious Child that is based in Denver, CO.

  • Sam Masiello
    Chief Security and Technology Officer

    Sam Masiello has been working with email, messaging, and fighting internet pollution for over 25 years. Mr. Masiello currently serves as the CISO at Gates Corporation where he is responsible for the company's data security, risk, and global compliance compliance initiatives.  Prior to Gates, he served as the CISO at TeleTech where he oversaw the protection of employee, consumer, and customer data for all of the organization's clients, which includes many Fortune 500 companies.

    Sam has also been the Chief Security Officer, head of Application Security, and head of Security research at companies such as Groupon, Return Path, and McAfee.  He currently serves as Director-at-Large of The Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email (CAUCE), National Advisory Board Member for SecureWorld, a 2018-2019 Co-Chair for Evanta, and an Executive Board Member of Colorado Cyber. He has previously served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Messaging, Malware, and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG), the Steering Committee of the Online Trust Alliance (OTA) and a member of the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG).  In 2017, Sam was recognized as a Colorado CISO of the Year finalist by the Colorado Technology Association.

  • 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.

  • Molly Rauzi
    CTO & Managing Director
    Gagen MacDonald

    Molly Rauzi has twenty years of experience leading large, complex business transformation, culture and organizational change initiatives. As a consultant and Chief Information Officer, she provides expert counsel to our clients who are undergoing rapid change. Prior to joining Gagen MacDonald, Molly was the Managing Director leading the Business Advisory Services Practice in the Denver office of Grant Thornton LLP.

    From 2007 to 2011, Molly served as an appointee of then Mayor John Hickenlooper (now the Governor of Colorado) to serve as the Chief Information Officer for the City and County of Denver.  Before working for the Mayor of Denver, Molly served as the Director of Technology for Denver International Airport. She has been an active member of her community for more than twenty years. Molly serves on the Board of Directors for Craig Hospital NewCloud Networks, and the Colorado Technology Association.  She also serves on the Center for Information Technology Innovation Board for the University of Colorado Denver Business School. She was voted one of the Twenty five most powerful women in Colorado in 2017. She was honored as Outstanding Woman in Business in 201o by the Denver Business Journal.  Molly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Adminstration, Pre-Law with a minor in Sociology from Regis University, and a Master in Systems Management from the College of Systems Science from the University of Denver. 

  • Sujan Turlapaty
    Vice President Digital Transformation
    Summit Materials

    Technology is designed to be simple; leaders should simplify complex business processes and enable the digital technology to build best-in-class customer, employee and partner experiences. Enterprise transformation starts with leaders that can influence their people and nurture the organization culture and mindset for success. Strategy is what you will do and as important what you won’t do. Sujan is a trusted business partner and accomplished IT global leader who can tie all things digital with strategy, simplification & execution and establish a strong sense of purpose for the teams in support of a larger organizational context and deliver outstanding customer-centric business value.  

    • Focus Areas: IT & Digital Strategy, 3-yr Product Roadmaps, Boardroom Presentations, Business Partnership, Business Processes Optimization, Business Relationship Management, Change Management, Cloud-first & Mobile-first, Data-driven Digital Transformation, Innovation with Emerging Technologies, Bimodal Teams, Continuous Improvement, Reduce Waste, Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Agile Methodology, Pace-layered Enterprise Architecture, DevOps, Advanced BI & Analytics, Cyber & Data Security, Modern Digital Architecture, Connected & Intelligent Post-Modern ERP
    • Industry Experiences: FinTech, Telecommunications, Aerospace, Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Education, Consulting
    • Social Causes: Preparing kids for the game of life - focus on mindfulness exercises, develop athleticism at a young age, and make them believe in themselves 
    • Professional Affiliations: Colorado CDO Governing Body, CIO 100 Elite, Denver CIO Executive Leadership Advisory Board
    • Awards: CIO 100, Center Stage Awards for Excellence in Delivery (First Data), LPO Leadership (Accenture & Microsoft)

  • Ted Wagner
    Senior Director, Interconnection Produce Management

    Mr. Wagner is Senior Director of Interconnection Product Management at Equinix, where he is the global head of their Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric product portfolio.  The ECX Fabric directly, securely and dynamically connects distributed infrastructure and digital ecosystems on Platform Equinix™ via global, software-defined interconnection.

    Prior to joining Equinix, Mr. Wagner was Vice President of Product Management at Level 3 Communications where he led the company’s Data Services product portfolio.  Prior to that he held a variety of product leadership roles and spent a number of years at a software start-up in Austin, TX.

    Mr. Wagner holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from DePaul University, Chicago IL, and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) from St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN.

  • Jeff Wysocki
    Chief Information Officer
    The Mosaic Company

    Jeff Wysocki leads the Information Technology (IT) function for the $5.0B Medtronic Surgical Innovations Business Unit. He is part of the business unit leadership team and provides direction in the areas of Information Technology, Commercial Solutions, Business Intelligence, Acquisition Diligence and Integration, and Healthcare IT.

    Jeff joined the organization in 2011, and has previously held the role of IT Leader for the $4.3B Patient Monitoring and Recovery business unit. He also held the role of IT and Commercial Operations leader for the $2.0B Respiratory & Monitoring Solutions division. 
    Prior to joining Medtronic, Jeff worked in the consumer goods industry for 15 years, including IT leadership roles at MillerCoors, Coors Brewing Company and Kimberly-Clark.

    Jeff has more than 20 years of executive leadership experience in Information Technology and Commercial Operations. Among his accomplishments, Jeff led/participated in technology diligence and integration efforts for eight mergers and acquisitions, helped incubate a Remote Patient Monitoring internal startup that has delivered $10M+ in revenue, led an organization-wide Customer Satisfaction/Net Promoter Score program, and helped drive sales transformation from volume to profit-based management, including new commercial CRM and business intelligence platforms. 
    Jeff received a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Management Information Systems, and his MBA, from the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh.

  • Kenneth Zeng
    AVP of Product Marketing, GTM

    Ken Zeng brings 20 years of enterprise technology experience to his role as AVP of Product Marketing, GTM at Ring Central. He is focused on developing and executing GTM strategies to drive disruption and accelerate digital transformation in the communications space with SaaS, cloud, analytics, mobility, ML, and AI solutions. Throughout his career, Ken has led strategy, GTM, and solution architecture teams, helping customers tackle challenges in data management, database, big data, analytics, security, and content management. In addition, he has industry experience in online collaboration, online advertising, IT outsourcing, and data center management operations. Before joining RingCentral, he worked at enterprise companies such as Navisite, Oracle, and WebEx. He has a bachelors degree in Computer Science from California State University, Chico.

  • Denis Zerr
    Radiology Partners


September 5, 2019, 7:30 AM-5:30 PM
The Ritz-Carlton Denver

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM        

Registration, Continental Breakfast and Networking

8:30 AM - 8:40 AM  

Welcome and Introduction

Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

8:40 AM - 9:00 AM HMG Lead, Innovate, Disrupt Tech Talk:  Supercharge your Data Science with RPA – Move From Reactive to Prescriptive

Chet Chambers
, Chief RPA Evangelist, UiPath

Take your data analytics from Reactive to Predictive today and build your automation mindset to become Prescriptive with your data. Move from reports stating outdated information to data algorithms that are delivering multiple future scenarios and outcomes to constantly changing efficiencies in your organization. Join Chet Chambers, Chief Evangelist for UiPath, former CTO at HP and amazing future thinker around constructing your organization and process mindset to automation.

9:00 AM - 9:20 AM

HMG Lead, Innovate, Disrupt Tech Talk: Smart Cities:  How 5G, Self-Driving Buses and Edge Computing Will Transform Urban Living

Mike Barlow, Managing Partner, Cumulus Partners

The convergence of high-speed networks, autonomous vehicles, AI and a worldwide grassroots movement for increased pedestrian safety will transform city streets and neighborhoods, opening up new opportunities for technology companies, entrepreneurs and investors. The co-author of "Smart Cities, Smart Future" shares an optimistic vision of tech-enabled urban environments in which safety is a given.

9:20 AM - 9:40 AM

HMG Lead, Innovate, Disrupt Tech Talk:  Embracing AI for Cyber Defense

Nicole Eagan, CEO, Darktrace

AI is fundamentally transforming every element of cyber defense -- detecting threats that had previously gone unnoticed, streamlining investigations, and even autonomously responding to stop attacks within seconds. But as companies around the world adopt AI for cyber defense, attackers and cyber-criminals also look to AI to advance their attacks. When AI attacks go mainstream, the digital battlefield will shift to a war of algorithms. Businesses need to deploy and build trust with AI defenses now, so they can fight AI attacks as they emerge.

9:40 AM - 10:10 AM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

10:10 AM - 10:40 AM

EXECUTIVE BRIEFING: The Future of Work: Why The Employee Experience is Everything

Kenneth Zeng, AVP of Product Marketing, GTM, RingCentral

Today's distributed workforce is chasing customers who are more tech-savvy and informed than ever. As innovation and disruption raise the customer engagement bar across all industries, there's no tolerance for gaps in communication, no time to waste on issues that don't matter, and no excuse for missing an angry customer tweet that could cost millions in revenue. To stay competitive in this fast-paced environment, CIOs may be tempted to deploy different "cutting-edge" solutions to address each technology challenge they face. But this siloed approach overlooks the negative impact it can have on employees and their productivity as they swivel-chair between multiple, disconnected systems. Imagine... What could be possible if employees were empowered to communicate, collaborate, and innovate around their most important work? During this session, we explore how CIOs can make this vision a reality by focusing on the single more important piece of their digital transformation journey: the employee experience. 

10:40 AM - 11:10 AM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

11:10 AM - 11:50 PM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  New Technologies - Gaining an Inside Track on the Competition

JP Batra, Business/Technology Executive - CTO/CIO/Product & Program Management, Blue River International, Inc.
Kevin Glynn, Managing Director, The Laminar Group, LLC

Dan Jost
, Senior Manager, IT Digital Innovation and Emerging Technologies, Molson Coors Brewing Company
Ted Wagner, Senior Director, Interconnection Product Management, Equinix, Inc.
Moderator:  Molly Rauzi, CIO & Managing Director, Gagen MacDonald
Rapid technological change represents both threats and opportunities for businesses.  Advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, data analytics and the Internet of Things can enable business leaders to identify and act on emerging customer and market trends and to drive operational efficiencies. This panel of executives will share use cases for advanced technologies that are enabling competitive differentiation and speed to market. 

11:50 AM - 1:00 PM


SIM Colorado News

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM 

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Accelerating Your Career Ascent:  Crafting Your Personal Brand as a Talent Magnet

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

Martin Coover, Partner & Executive Search Consultant, Jobplex

Moderator: Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

Forward-thinking technology executives devote the time and energy needed to extend their personal brands via public speaking, media interviews and other forms of professional promotion. Doing so enables technology leaders to power their career progression while positioning themselves to attract coveted IT and digital talent. This panel of top technology search executives will share priceless insights into the steps that top-tier technology executives are taking to trademark themselves, to recruit and retain sought-after talent and to become boardroom ready.  

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

EXECUTIVE BRIEFING:  How Lenovo is Using Blockchain in their Supply Chain

Robert Bernard, Bobby Bernard, Executive Director DCG Supply Chain Strategy & Innovation, Lenovo

Lenovo is digitally transforming their supply chain to drive operational efficiencies and end-to-end visibility.  And, one emerging digital technology there are using is Blockchain.  In this keynote, Lenovo's blockchain journey will be shared including live networks today in their supply chain and the future direction they plan to use the technology.

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

2:30 PM - 3:10 PM 

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Enabling Innovation in the Secure Enterprise   

Sara Griffith, CISO Euronet Worldwide, Inc.

Sam Masiello, CISO, Gates Corporation

Moderator: Glenn Dally, CISO, Molson Coors Brewing Company

Securing the enterprise has become more difficult in these unprecedented times of escalating risk. In today’s global cyber theater, enterprise risks are accelerating at an extraordinary rate, including nation-state backed initiatives. This session will deliver straight talk around mitigation strategies and advanced threat protection approaches that are working today while positioning the enterprise for agility and innovation.

3:10 PM - 3:40 PM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

3:40 PM - 4:20 PM

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Driving the Digital Roadmap to a Customer-Centric Enterprise

Stephen Katsirubas, CIO, Hunter Douglas

Sujan Turlapaty, VP Digital Transformation, Summit Materials

Denis Zerr, CIO, Radiology Partners

Jeff Wysocki, Business Unit CIO, Medtronic

Moderator:  Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

Forward-looking CIOs and technology executives play a critical role in identifying how digital technologies can be leveraged to enhance the customer experience, craft customer-focused business models and help the enterprise gain a competitive edge.This panel of top technology executives will discuss the steps that they and industry leaders are taking to work with the CEO and the board to craft digital strategies and to foster a customer-centric culture.

4:20 PM - 5:30 PM

Raffle Prizes and Executive Networking Reception

Presenting Partners

  • Darktrace

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

    Lenovo is a $46 billion global Fortune 500 company providing innovative consumer, commercial, and data center technology. Lenovo delivers compute, storage, networking, and services including converged, cloud, Big Data, high-performance computing, and hyperscale solutions for the enterprise market. With servers ranked #1 in reliability (ITIC 2015-2016 Global Server Hardware, Server OS Reliability Report, July 2015) and customer satisfaction (TBR Customer Satisfaction Survey, August 2015), Lenovo provides a solid foundation for business solutions. The company’s strategy is built on driving innovation and value, offering choice and flexibility through an open partner ecosystem, and being a trusted technology advisor with end-to-end engagement.

  • RingCentral

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

    UiPath is leading the “automation first” era – championing one robot for every person, delivering free and open training and collaboration, and enabling robots to learn new skills through AI and machine learning. The company’s enterprise Robotic Process Automation (RPA) platform has already automated millions of repetitive, mind-numbing tasks for business and government organizations all over the world, improving productivity, customer experience, and employee job satisfaction. Recently named by Comparably as the 6th happiest place to work and the 11th best company culture among large businesses, UiPath is one of the fastest growing and highest-valued AI enterprise software companies worldwide.

Platinum Partners

  • Equinix

    Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) connects the world’s leading businesses to their customers, employees and partners inside the most interconnected data centers. Equinix houses over 1,800+ network service providers; 2,900+ cloud service providers; 750+ content/digital media providers; and over 2,980+ enterprises – creating a global interconnection platform that physically and virtually interconnects its 200 data centers globally. Equinix enables customers to reach everywhere, interconnect everyone, and integrate everything, using an on-demand, dynamic, and scalable Interconnection Orientated Architecture ™. When customers choose Equinix as their digital business partner, the roadmap is simple: build here, and go anywhere.
  • OutSystems

    OutSystems is a modern application platform enabling organizations to build applications fast, right and for the future. Every aspect of OutSystems is designed from the ground up to help professional developers build complete, compelling software solutions faster than ever before. Helping customers tackle challenges such as legacy modernization, process automation, and workplace innovation to customer experience transformation, OutSystems ensures solutions are secure, resilient, cloud-ready, and built to scale. More than anything, what sets OutSystems apart is its ability to enable applications to adapt to the changing needs of even the most dynamic business and to ensure that all developers have access to the newest, most innovative technologies.

Gold Partners

  • Appian

    Appian provides a low-code automation platform that accelerates the creation of high-impact business applications. Many of the world’s largest organizations use Appian applications to improve customer experience, achieve operational excellence, and simplify global risk management and compliance.
  • Opteamix

    Opteamix is a Denver-headquartered digital technology consulting company with deep expertise in Robotic Process Automation, AI, Application Development and Maintenance, DevOps, Enterprise Mobility, Test Automation, and UI/UX Design Services. As trusted technology partners, we deliver innovative business solutions to our clients to achieve their business objectives through our unique global delivery engagement model. At Opteamix, we understand the importance of digital technology in business and therefore work at the intersection of business and technology to transform business outcomes.
  • 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.

Supporting Partners

  • 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.

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.
  • 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

  • SIM Colorado

    The Society for Information Management (SIM) is a not-for-profit organization of information technology experts, including CIO’s, CTO’s and emerging IT leaders, as well as key professionals within the IT community, such as academicians and consultants. SIM’s mission is to support IT leaders in the greater Colorado area by increasing the knowledge base of members, giving back to local communities, increasing awareness on issues of importance to our local community, developing the next generation of effective IT leaders and establishing a forum to bring together IT professionals across industries.

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