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2017 Houston CIO Executive Leadership Summit

Marriott Marquis Houston, Houston, TX

Event Highlights

Reimagining the Enterprise in the Next Era of the Digital Age


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

The leadership traits and skills required by technology leaders to help champion customer-centric efforts will be the focal point of the 2017 Houston 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, CareerJournal.com, 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.

  • Jim Bailey
    Former VP & CIO
    MODEC International

  • Delaney Bellinger
    VP & CIO (Retired)
    Board Member, Helmerich & Payne, Inc.
    Huntsman Corporation

  • Puneet Bhasin
    EVP, Global Chief Information and Digital Officer


  • Edward Block
    CISO Principal Practice Manager - Managed Services
    Apollo Information Systems

    Edward Block has over 20 years of experience as an information security professional, primarily focused on the effects of emerging law on personal privacy at the state, federal and international level. Edward has assisted and managed technical teams performing all aspects of information security, including credentialing functions, firewall and IDS deployment and monitoring, and penetration testing. Edward has also developed information security policies, standards and guidelines that balance protection of information assets with legal and functional requirements. 

    As an attorney, Edward uses his security knowledge to ensure clients are in compliance with state, federal and international regulations. He also counsels clients to ensure they are prepared in the event of a security breach and provides guidance on their cyber insurance needs.  

    As the former chief information security officer for the state of Texas, Edward understands the challenges that organizations face as they address emerging cybersecurity threats.

    Edward holds numerous certifications in the security and privacy community, including Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM), Certified Information Privacy Professional/Government (CIPP/G), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH).

  • Jesse Carrillo
    Chief Innovation Officer
    The Howard Hughes Corporation

    Jesse Carrillo is responsible for directing all corporate technology, strategy and standards for Hines worldwide. Jesse joined Hines in 1994 as a consultant to assist in the implementation of the firm's accounting and property management software. After being made a full-time employee in 1995, he was promoted to Director of Application Development in 2001, where he held the lead role in the implementation of Hines¹ ERP system. He took over the responsibility for Hines IT as CTO in 2007 and later promoted to CIO in 2009. Mr. Carrillo completed undergraduate studies at Trinity University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, and received his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

    Mr. Carrillo is a member of the National Society of Hispanic MBA’s (NSHMBA), CIO Executive Council, Greater Houston Partnership’s Cybersecurity Task Force, Houston Society of Information Management (SIM) and serves on the Realcomm International Advisory Council after having served as co-chair in 2010. He was a featured writer for the book, Building a Green IT Team, part of the Inside the Minds series from Aspatore Publishers. He is also a strong supporter of promoting Youth In IT through his involvement with the Genesys Works (http://www.genesysworks.org) and Citizen Schools (http://www.citizenschools.org) programs.

  • Marc Crudgington
    Founder, CEO, vCIO/vCISO
    CyberFore Systems Corp.

  • Jamey Cummings
    Partner - Cybersecurity and Technology
    JM Search

    Jamey Cummings was formerly Senior Client Partner in Korn Ferry’s Global Technology Practice. He co-lead’s the Firm’s Global Cybersecurity Practice and is also a member of the Firm’s Information Officers Practice.

    Mr. Cummings is a recognized leader in advising organizations on the recruitment, assessment, development, and retention of information technology as well as information security & risk management talent at all levels, including the Board of Directors. His clients range from large global corporations to high growth entrepreneurial companies, spanning all industries. In addition to Chief Information Officers, Chief Information Security Officers, and their key leaders, he also recruits cybersecurity consultants for leading professional services firms as well as top executives for cybersecurity technology companies and managed security services providers. He is based in the Firm’s Dallas office.

    Prior to Korn Ferry, Mr. Cummings served as an associate principal in the industrial, supply chain, and transportation & logistics practices of another leading executive search firm, where he executed senior executive search assignments for both public and private equity-backed companies. He also served clients in the consumer & retail, technology, government & defense, biotechnology, and education sectors.

    Prior to his career in executive search, Mr. Cummings was a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group in Dallas, where he worked on a wide variety of projects with clients in the aerospace & defense, consumer finance, telecommunications, oil & gas, pharmaceuticals, healthcare and education industries.
    Earlier in his career, he served nine years with distinction as an officer in the U.S. Navy's SEAL teams.

    He earned a master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University, and graduated with merit with a bachelor of science in aeronautical engineering from The United States Naval Academy.

  • Twila Day
    VP CIO
    Huntsman Corporation

    Prior to joining A&M, Ms. Day was the Chief Information Officer for Sysco Corp., a Fortune 100 company. There, she focused on IT strategic planning efforts that led to a business transformation which included a centralized, standard approach across business processes with a shared-services objective.

    She also led strategic change initiatives to develop Sysco's first mobile applications, consolidation and hosting of infrastructure, as well as staff augmentation and managed service delivery models. Ms. Day served as a member of the executive risk management committee and the executive risk owner for data protection, cyber security and information technology availability.

    Other areas of focus included vendor management / contract negotiation, software selection, enterprise data warehouse strategy, organization design and movement from decentralized to centralized IT delivery / management, as well as migration of custom applications to best-of-breed application model and to SAP as the foundational ERP.

    Ms. Day currently holds leadership positions on two non-profit boards, Women and Foodservice Forum and Genesys Works Houston. Both organizations represent her commitment to the development of youth and women.

    Ms. Day earned a bachelor's degree in business management from Our Lady of the Lake University.

  • Michael Dean
    Director of Information Technology

    Michael Dean is the Director of Information Technology at Cameron LNG.  Cameron LNG is developing a $10 billion liquefaction facility that will export 12 million tons per year of LNG. In his role, Michael has been responsible for developing Cameron’s IT strategy and capabilities from scratch for this Greenfield organization.  Without the momentum of 50 year of IT history Michael has focused his team on developing a nimble IT origination focused on partnering with the business to deliver digital innovation.

    Prior to joining Cameron LNG, Michael served as the Director of IT, Columbia Pipeline Group, and as an Executive at Accenture. 

    Michael holds a bachelor’s in Information Systems and a MBA from Baylor University.  

  • Kay Fuhrman
    Heidrick & Struggles

    Kay Fuhrman focuses on senior level search assignments in the Energy and Utility sectors and serves in the Industrial practice. Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Kay spent over 8 years as Vice President of Business Development for Alliance Data leading large scale outsourcing sales pursuits with energy and utility companies throughout North America. In this role, Kay also managed the company’s strategic partnerships with technology and key service providers leveraged for the delivery of Alliance Data’s solutions. Kay began her career in Dayton Ohio spending 11 years with DPL, Inc. At DPL, Kay started and led the company’s unregulated operations including a retail energy company serving industrial and commercial customers throughout the Midwest and DPL’s street lighting operations across West Central Ohio. Following DPL, Kay spent 2 years with Aquila Energy running the company’s retail energy business across the central United States. Kay holds an MBA with a concentration in Finance from The University of Dayton. She also holds a BS in Business Administration from Wright State University. Kay has served on the board of directors for Texas Energy Association for Marketers since 2002. In addition, Kay has served as National Committee Chair for National Energy Marketers Association in 2005 and 2006.

  • Jennifer Hartsock
    Chief Information and Digital Officer

    Jennifer Hartsock is Chief Information Officer of Baker Hughes and brings over 20 years of IT leadership to the company. She also leads the company's Digital Strategy to drive internal business productivity and accelerate customer outcomes. Hartsock joined GE Oil & Gas in April 2016 as Chief Information Officer, where she oversaw the global IT team and was responsible for driving simplification, acquisition integration, and innovative solutions in support of the Oil and Gas business. Prior to joining GE, Hartsock served as Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Cameron International. She spent 17 years at Caterpillar Incorporated in a variety of IT positions, culminating with IT Directory and Group CIO for Construction Industries. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in applied computer science with summa cum laude honors from Illinois State University

  • Gene Janiszewski
    Managing Director / CEO
    Paradigm Group, Inc.

    Gene Janiszewski founded the Paradigm Group Inc.in November of 2003 after a 27-year track record in information Systems. Paradigm Group, Inc. is a Professional and Executive Technology Search Firm focusing on finding qualified technology resources primarily for the Texas market. Prior to starting the Paradigm group, Mr. Janiszewski held positions as IT Partner/CIO with Sirius Solutions, Senior Director of Technical Services with Sysco Foods, IT Director of Vericenter, and SAP Worldwide, Director/CIO/Vice President of Information systems with Radisys/Texas Micro. Gene is the current President of the SIM (Society of Information Managers) Houston Chapter; Past President of the AITP(Association of Information Technology Professionals) Houston Chapter and Region 3 AITP Director of Conferences and 6 years Student Chapter Liaison. He also served as Board Member of the MIT Enterprise forum, member of the GHP and HTC Economic development committees, Co-Chair of the HTC Tech Champs Group, as well as Director and speaker for the Senior Managers Central Job Ministry group.

  • Jeremy Jones
    Pye-Barker Fire & Safety



  • Ziad Katrib
    Director, Operations Analytics

    Ziad Katrib is currently Director of Operations Analytics at Calpine, America’s largest generator of electricity from natural gas and geothermal resources. At Calpine Ziad leads an organization focused on providing data driven insights through Machine Learning and industrial IT infrastructure. In the second Half of his 17-year career, Ziad has been overseeing the deployment of digital technologies for optimizing operational processes.

    Ziad holds a bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from the American University of Beirut, an MBA from UT Tyler and a Masters of Science in Analytics from Texas A&M

  • Hunter Muller
    Founder & 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 Founder 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 TheStreet.com.

    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.

  • Hellmut Ometzberger
    Sr. Director of Information Technology
    MRC Global

    As a business technology leader with a passion for forming high-performing teams, Hellmut’s key strength is addressing concurrently the organizational, business and technology challenges resulting from business transformation and IT department turn-around projects. As Director, Global Data Center and Solution Engineering Services for Intertek PLC, a global leader in the quality and safety services industry, he manages hybrid cloud delivery services for 170 global applications supporting Intertek's Assurance, Testing, Inspection and Certification business, and leads IT solution engineering for cloud services, standardized IT solutions as well as digitalization, business intelligence, application consolidation, security and mobility projects. At FMC Technologies, Hellmut implemented and operated a IT partnership model with Western Hemisphere business units to drive IT business value; he and his team were accountable for all business process support, application and infrastructure services and, using Lean techniques, Hellmut improved throughput and on-time delivery while reducing backlog, quality escapes and cost per user. At BJ Services, Hellmut formed and led the Enterprise Infrastructure organization to provide cost-effective, dynamic, follow-the-sun support of oil field services operations, critical business systems and IT incidents. He and his team realized 25% in IT cost savings without affecting service levels. At Cooper Industries, Hellmut led the Enterprise Business Systems (EBS) technology and operations function including consumption-based outsourcing services with SAPHosting. He was responsible for global application and infrastructure architecture, services and standards supporting a global business transformation based on SAP solutions. Hellmut started his technology career with Cap Gemini in the SAP practice and completed 25 SAP project cycles including early adoptions of SAPMarkets, SAP BW and BI Accellerator, SAP Portals, SAP CRM, SAP Retail and IS/Steel.


  • Mike Perroni
    Digital Business Services


  • Ken Piddington
    VP & CIO
    U.S. Silica Company

    Mr. Piddington is an experienced business leader and technology strategist with more than 15 years of transformation leadership experience gained as CIO and executive advisor for Fortune 500 companies in North America and Europe.  Mr. Piddington uses his extensive experience in people leadership, business operations and technology innovation to partner with CIOs, CXOs and their leadership teams to help them develop effective plans and strategies to achieve meaningful results in their respective businesses.

    Mr. Piddington was the CIO at Global Partners LP, a Fortune 500 midstream logistics and energy products marketing company, where he was responsible for leading, developing and implementing the business technology strategy during four years of unprecedented growth where the company revenues grew from $6 billion to $20 billion.  This included the successful integration of multiple acquisitions and the implementation of supply chain technologies necessary to support dramatic geographic and line of business expansion.

    His successful track record as a business leader and technology strategist includes serving as Partner at Lyland Associates, Inc. where he managed the business technology division of the company’s energy practice.  In this role he served as a technology advisor and led custom development and application implementation projects for its Fortune 500 clients.  This included leading the development and implementation of an internally built Energy Trading and Risk Management System (ETRM) for a client.  This followed his success as Director of Product Development at Triple Point Technologies for their flagship product Tempest XL.

    Ken is recognized as an industry thought leader, is a regular speaker at business and association conferences, and has been featured in multiple media publications.  He has served on the Board of Trustees for the Sage School in Massachusetts and on the Leadership Board for the MIT CIO Leadership Institute.  He has also served as a mentor in the CIO Executive Council’s Pathways program.



  • Lenny Schad
    Chief Information and Innovation Officer - District Administration
    LRP Media Group

    Lenny Schad has been in the technology field for 25 years. During that time period, his career has taken him into many business sectors where he has established a very successful leadership and management track record. His range of business sector experience includes hospitality, government, oil & gas, investment banking, and education. Highlights of his career include managing and leading technology departments for the 1991 Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations and the 1992 Republican National Convention, as well as creating and managing technology departments for joint ventures and global organizations. He is a recognized leader whose innovative and process oriented management styles have led to highly effective Information Technology departments.

    For the past 11 years, Mr. Schad has worked in the K-12 Education space and is currently CTIO for the nation’s 7th largest school district, Houston ISD. His recognitions include:
    • National School Board Association's "20 to Watch" educators for 2008
    • The Consortium of School Networking (CoSN) Volunteer Hall of Fame 
    • CoSN 2011 National School District Team Award 
    • CIO Leadership Forum “2011 Next Level Leadership Award” 
    • CoSN 2013 Withrow Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Award Honorable Mention
    Mr. Schad’s first book, Bring Your Own Learning: Transform Instruction with any Device, is scheduled to be published in February. 

  • Ram Shanmugam
    Co-founder and CEO

    Ram Shanmugam is the founder and CEO of AutonomIQ, an AI-based low-code automation platform. Previously Ram was the co-founder, CEO and President of appOrbit and has held technology and product leadership roles at technology companies such as Cisco, HP, and SunGard. In addition to his professional experience, Ram is an active IEEE contributor in area of AI and machine learning research and recognized as a technology pioneer by the World Economic Forum.

  • Wayne Shurts
    Former EVP & CTO

  • Allan Sommer
    Vice President

  • Steve Trautman
    Principal and Founder
    The Steve Trautman Co.

    Steve Trautman has more than twenty years’ experience as a leading international expert in talent risk management and knowledge transfer. A pioneer in the field, Steve has created the only proven methodology for assessing, aligning and mitigating talent risk for technical teams within Fortune 500 companies. His clients have included: Boeing, Costco, Goodyear, Aetna, Farmers Life Insurance, Bank of America, Microsoft, and Qualcomm, among others.  

    Steve is also the author of several books: Teach What You Know: A Practical Leader’s Guide to Knowledge Transfer Using Peer Mentoring (Prentice Hall, 2006), Do You Have Who It Takes? Managing Talent Risk in a High-Stakes Technical Work Force (Greenleaf, 2017) and co-author of The Executive Guide to High-Impact Talent Management: Powerful Tools for Leveraging a Changing Workforce (McGraw-Hill, 2011). 

    Steve is a frequent speaker and panelist and has presented for such conferences as Qualcomm, 

    American Society of Training and Development, Society of Human Resources Management, Utilities Service Alliance, and Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, among others.  

    By implementing Trautman’s proprietary processes, C-suite executives from blue-chip companies around the globe have dramatically increased their speed and efficiency in revenue, market share and strategy execution. In addition, Steve’s finely-honed methods have been proven to bring new employees up to speed in 1/2 the normal time.  

    Prior to founding The Steve Trautman Co., Steve worked in leadership roles for Microsoft and Expedia, where he honed his knowledge transfer methods and skills. Today, Steve brings his experience to and focuses his expertise on solving the most critical talent management and workforce problems executives are facing, including:  

    • Major initiatives slowed because of over-reliance on some workers
    • Global consistency and role clarity problems
    • Reorganization with a focus on speed to new roles and responsibilities 
    • Aging or retiring workforce- cross-generational knowledge transfer
    • New employee onboarding
    • New technology, system, or process rollout
    • Mergers and acquisitions – blending the families and getting back to work faster
    • Outsource partner management

    When he is not working to change how executives think about talent risk management and knowledge transfer, Steve can be found hiking around the Northwest with his wife and two kids. 

  • Clif Triplett
    Executive Director

    Clif Triplett most recently completed his assignment in the Obama Administration where he was recruited to the Federal Government to address the cybersecurity challenges brought to light by the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) breach of 21.5M individuals background investigation records.  Clif served as one of eight Presidential Executive Fellows brought in from industry to assist in the remediation of significant government issues, in this case, Clif was tasked with cybersecurity.

    Prior to his service with the US Government, Clif worked in many major US companies to include General Motors, Motorola and Baker Hughes in a variety of senior leadership positions. In each case, he was asked to assist those organizations in major transformations.

    He was brought into General Motors by the CEO and CIO to standardize manufacturing processes and systems, and concurrently those associated with all aspects of quality across GM’s 600 manufacturing facilities.  At Motorola he was once again brought in by the CEO. He served as the General Manager for Global Services and was tasked to create the global service organization and market identity not previously existing.  At Baker Hughes, he was brought into the company by the CEO and COO to facilitate the transformation of the company from a collection of company entities across the globe operating in a holding company fashion, to a single corporation with a single face to the customer.  Also led the evolution of remote digital service operations, and within his organization, led the team responsible all remote horizontal drilling and well monitoring.

    Clif is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and earned a Masters in Computer Information Systems from Boston University.

  • Peter Vogel
    Attorney & Counselor at Law
    Vogel IT Law

    As a lawyer for more than 25 years, Peter combines his technical and business background with his legal expertise to help companies with IT, Cyber intrusion, and Internet litigation, dispute resolution, and contract negotiation. Peter has been involved with the IT industry, Internet, and electronic data for his entire career. Prior to practicing law he worked as a mainframe programmer, systems analyst, and management consultant for companies acquiring IT and related services, and received a Masters’ in Computer Science.

    Peter has clients in healthcare, international manufacturing, state & local government, utilities, blockchain, and eCommerce who often seek his advice about practical business issues relating to IT and the Internet, which often include cyber intrusions, colo sites, cloud solutions, ERP implementation projects, website business management, outsourcing, software patents, copyrights, and trade secret protection. Because he is a seasoned IT professional with an accounting and marketing background, Peter also often advises clients about financial and marketing issues regarding IT and the Internet. His experience as an Adjunct Professor in the Law of eCommerce keeps him current on the fast moving evolution of the cyber intrusions and the Internet. He writes a legal column for www.eCommerceTimes.com, and is often quoted in the media about Internet issues and crises. Peter’s blog on the Internet, IT, and eDiscovery is widely recognized for timely topics and thought-provoking ideas: www.vogelitlawblog.com

    Peter guides clients through the legal, technology and business mazes of electronic evidence, cyber security & insurance, intellectual property, contracts, government regulation, and litigation. He assists many clients with ESI (Electronically Stored Information) issues and related creation, development and implementation of records retention policies.

    Because of his unique background and knowledge, Peter is often appointed as a Special Master to assist Courts throughout the US with eDiscovery & ESI, Internet, eCommerce, Intellectual Property, and IT matters. Peter is a Co-Founder of the American College of e-Neutrals and a Board Member and Fellow of the Academy of Court Appointed Masters. The Judges in the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania appointed Peter to the E-Discovery Special Master Panel. He also serves as a court ordered Mediator in eDiscovery & ESI, Internet, eCommerce, intellectual property, and computer technology litigation. For more than 30 years Peter has served as an Arbitrator for technology disputes and serves on the Board of Directors and is a TechList Member of the Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center.

    Peter has also devoted a substantial amount of time and energy serving government agencies and non-profit organizations by addressing their computer, Social Media, and Internet issues. Peter served as Founding Chair for 12 years of the TEXAS SUPREME COURT Judicial Committee on Information Technology whose mission is to put Internet on the desktops of all 3,200 judges in Texas and implement state eFiling (txcourts.gov/jcit).

    In 1994 Peter was President of the DALLAS BAR ASSOCIATION and also served on the Board of Directors of the STATE BAR OF TEXAS, where he served as Founding Chair of the Computer & Technology Section. Peter teaches courses on eDiscovery and the Law of eCommerce as an Adjunct Professor at the SMU DEDMAN LAW SCHOOL, and is on the founding Board of Advisors of the SMU Computer Law Review and Technology Journal.

    The STATE BAR OF TEXAS gave Peter the Gene Cavin Award for Excellence in Continuing Legal Education in 2013, and a Lifetime Achievement Award for Promoting Technology in the Law in 2004. In addition, Peter is regularly recognized as one of America’s Leading Business Lawyers in CHAMBERS, a Best Lawyer in America, a Top Lawyer in Dallas, and a Texas Super Lawyer.


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 - 8:50 AM  

EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW:  Global Markets Strengthen - Is Your Organization Prepared to Respond?

Clif Triplett, Former Sr. Cybersecurity & IT Advisor, U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM)

As the global economy continues to pick up steam, new business opportunities are surfacing for companies across industries. But how well is your organization equipped to identify and respond quickly to emerging customer trends and opportunities?

Hunter Muller will interview Clif Triplett to examine the macro economic trends that are occurring globally and offer recommendations and best practices to enable companies to identify and act on business opportunities quickly and successfully.

8:50 AM - 9:20 AM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

9:20 AM - 9:50 AM  

EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW: Driving Digitization

Puneet Bhasin, Former EVP Corporate Operations & President of Recycling, Waste Management

Hunter Muller will interview Puneet Bhasin on his journey from CIO to Operations executive.

9:50 AM - 10:20 AM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

10:20 AM - 11:00 AM  

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

Michael Dean, CIO, Cameron LNG

Jennifer Hartsock, Global CIO, GE Oil & Gas

Ziad Katrib, Director, Operations Analytics, Calpine

Moderator: Allan Sommer, Global Partner, Digital and Cognitive Solutions, Industrial Sector, IBM

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

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

11:00 AM - 11:30AM

 Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

11:30 AM - 12:10 PM

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

Edward Block, Senior Attorney, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP

Marc Crudgington, CISO, SVP Information Security, Woodforest National Bank

Mike Perroni, VP, IT, Weatherford

Clif Triplett, Former Senior Cybersecurity & IT Advisor, U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Moderator: Peter Vogel, Partner, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP

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

12:10 PM - 1:10 PM  


Houston SIM News - Paul Krueger, CIO, Stewart & Stevenson

Genesys Works News

Presentation of the HMG Strategy 2017 Transformational CIO Award to Jennifer Hartsock, Senior Executive - Chief Information Officer of GE Oil & Gas

Presentation of the HMG Strategy 2017 Regional Champion Awards

1:10 PM - 1:50 PM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Managing the Evolving Workforce

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

Jamey Cummings, Senior Client Partner Information Officers Practice/Co-Leader, Cybersecurity Practice, Korn Ferry

Kay Fuhrman, Partner, Heidrick & Struggles

Gene Janiszewski, Managing Partner, Paradigm Group, Inc.

Moderator: Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

The way that work is getting done is changing dramatically as people make greater use of mobile and collaborative tools to work from home and public places. Workforce management is also changing as executives and managers are using new tools and techniques to attract, recruit, and manage talent, address gender diversity, and develop the skills and capabilities to drive innovation across the enterprise.

In this session, industry experts will discuss how the workplace is changing along with effective ways for addressing evolving workforce management requirements.

1:50 PM - 2:20 PM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

2:20 PM - 3:00 PM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Identifying Future Trends That Will Impact the Enterprise

Jim Bailey, VP & CIO, MODEC International

Jesse Carrillo, SVP & CIO, Hines

Jeremy Jones, VP & CIO, Comfort Systems USA, Inc.

Lenny Schad, CTO, Department of Information Technology, Houston Independent School District

Ram Shanmugam, CEO, appOrbit

Moderator: Ken Piddington, CIO & Executive Advisor, MRE Consulting

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

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

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Moving Faster: Managing your "Pacers" to Expedite your Digital Transformation

Wayne Shurts, EVP & CTO, Sysco 

Steve Trautman, Principal and Founder, The Steve Trautman Co.

Moderator: Dan Roberts, President & CEO, Ouellette & Associates Consulting, Inc.

As EVP and CTO at Sysco Foods, Wayne Shurts both sits on the board and leads his team guided by the board and CEO's direction.  In both capacities, he lives with one key question that is familiar to every leader in the world:  What can you do to execute our strategy faster?  In addition to leading an agile transformation, Wayne has invested in methodically managing his talent risk so that he can ensure every strategy is staffed with the right combination of business acumen, technical skills and capacity. 

With clear, measurable talent risk data and a framework for talking about it, his leadership team can make decisions quickly and then use that same framework to communicate the plan down to the front line employees who need to execute.  Along the way, Wayne's leadership team can see unique individuals who end up being "pacers" - key individuals who have such unique knowledge and experience that they are needed everywhere and can be the reason critical initiatives flounder. 

Wayne has implemented a methodical approach to knowledge transfer to address these pacers and that same knowledge transfer solution is used to onboard new associates, manage inconsistencies between teams, ensure agile adoption is measurably progressing, and prepare for the eventual retirement of key associates.  Embedding knowledge transfer and talent risk into Sysco BT's DNA means they're not only ready for all the changes coming their way, they can be out front as innovative anticipators leading the way.

4:00 PM - 4:40 PM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Summoning the Courage to Lead and Drive Innovation

Delaney Bellinger, VP & CIO, Huntsman Corporation

Steven Carter, CIO, C&J Energy Services

Jennifer Hartsock, Global CIO, GE Oil & Gas

Hellmut Ometzberger, Director, Global Data Center Services, Intertek

Moderator: Twila Day, Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal

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.

4:40 PM - 5:00 PM Summit Wrap Up and Raffle Prizes

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM  

Executive Networking Reception

Platinum Partners

  • appOrbit

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

Gold Partners

  • Absolute Software

    Absolute provides persistent endpoint security and data risk management solutions for computers, tablets, and smartphones. Our customers depend on us to provide them with a unique and trusted layer of security so they can manage mobility while remaining firmly in control. By providing them with a perpetual connection with all of their devices, our customers can secure endpoints, assess risk, and respond appropriately to security incidents.

  • CenturyLink

    CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is a global communications, hosting, cloud and IT services company enabling millions of customers to transform their businesses and their lives through innovative technology solutions. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, Big Data analytics and IT consulting, and operates more than 55 data centers in North America, Europe and Asia. The company provides broadband, voice, video, data and managed services over a robust 250,000-route-mile U.S. fiber network and a 300,000-route-mile international transport network.

  • Tintri by DDN

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


Supporting Partners

  • TelePacific Communications

    TelePacific Communications is a premier integrated managed services provider delivering guaranteed comprehensive business communications solutions to 75,000 locations nationwide for customers ranging from small businesses to enterprises with hundreds of sites. TelePacific’s broad portfolio enables companies to focus on growing their bottom lines instead of overseeing their infrastructure. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the 1,600 person, $664 million enterprise’s award-winning managed services, networks, continuity solutions and focus on customer service have powered 57 consecutive quarters of growth.


Trailblazer Partners

  • BlueSky IT Partners

    BlueSky IT Partners is focused on the IT areas of Telecom, Cloud and global field services. With over 20 years of experience, we understand our client’s challenges and how execute and deliver on the solution. We provide the roadmap, expertise, project management, and on-going support. BlueSky allows the client to focus on mission critical business and give blue skies!

  • Fibertown

    FIBERTOWN is the premier provider of Texas data center solutions, high-availability colocation and business continuity office space. With a 100% uptime SLA, FIBERTOWN houses mission-critical IT systems for Fortune 500 companies and smaller organizations across industries. The SSAE 16 compliant data centers and award-winning disaster recovery office space offer a carrier neutral, one-stop solution. Both Houston and Bryan data centers feature a pod design for maximum efficiency, fault-tolerant 2N power and cooling, 24x7x365 security, and fully redundant multi-carrier Internet connectivity. Our interconnected, dedicated disaster-recovery offices are ready to go on a moment’s notice with space and support for 2-200.


Breakfast Partners

  • Avanade

    Avanade is the leading provider of innovative digital and cloud services, business solutions and design-led experiences delivered through the power of people and the Microsoft ecosystem. Our professionals bring bold, fresh thinking combined with technology, business and industry expertise to help fuel transformation and growth for our clients and their customers. Avanade has 30,000 digitally connected people across 24 countries, bringing clients the best thinking through a collaborative culture that honors diversity and reflects the communities in which we operate. Majority owned by Accenture, Avanade was founded in 2000 by Accenture LLP and Microsoft Corporation.


Lunch Partners

  • HCL

    HCL Technologies is a global IT services company with around $7B in revenue and 110,000 Ideapreneurs working in 32 countries. HCL focuses on transformational outsourcing, underlined by innovation and value creation, offering an integrated portfolio of services including software-led IT solutions, remote infrastructure management, engineering and R&D services and digitalization services.


Research Partners

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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


Strategic Partners

  • Egon Zehnder

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

  • Heidrick & Struggles

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

  • Korn Ferry

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

  • Russell Reynolds Associates

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

  • Spencer Stuart

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


Alliance Partners

  • Amplify Partners

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

  • Greylock Partners

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

  • Lightspeed Venture Partners

    Lightspeed Ventures is a global VC firm headquartered in Silicon Valley, with offices in India, Israel, and China. With over $7 billion under management, Lightspeed invests in both enterprise and consumer tech startups from early-stage to late-stage. With over 300 active startups in the portfolio, Lightspeed has invested in companies like Brocade, Informatica, Nutanix, AppDynamics, Mulesoft, zScaler, etc. Lightspeed has also created a CIO Innovation Advisory Network to connect forward-thinking IT leaders with Silicon Valley.

  • Sequoia Capital

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


Association Partners

  • Genesys Works

    Genesys Works provides pathways to career success for emerging young professionals from historically excluded communities starting their senior year in high school through skills training, meaningful work experiences, and impactful relationships. The program consists of 8 weeks of technical and professional skills training, paid year-long internships with major companies, college and career coaching, and alumni support to and through acquiring professional credentials and/or college. Genesys Works’ goal is to build career opportunity and economic equity in every community so that all people, regardless of their race, gender, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status, have equitable access to career opportunities leading to sustained economic mobility. Since its founding in 2002, Genesys Works has grown to serve thousands of students annually in Houston, Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, the San Francisco Bay Area, Washington’s National Capital Region and New York City, and is looking to rapidly expand into 100 cities in the next ten years. To learn more, visit genesysworks.org.

  • SIM Houston

    SIM(Society of Information Management) International is a professional networking and collaborative group of senior IT executives, CIO’s , VP’s of IT, Directors, prominent academicians, selected consultants, and other IT thought leaders. SIM has over 39 local chapters and 5,000 members from more than 500 major organizations around the world. SIM-Houston is a very active chapter with over 220+ members and growing and offers monthly meetings where executive peers hear presentations by top practitioners, industry leaders and recognized experts in information technology and the business community. SIM-Houston offers many opportunities for social and fun events (top golf, golf tournaments, clay pigeon, etc.), community involvement in STEM, financial support and scholarship for our technical high school, college and entrepreneur organizations. Our vision is to be recognized in the community as the best organization most preferred by IT leaders for delivering vital knowledge that creates business value and enables personal development. If you are interested in learning more, please be our guest at one of our meetings and join this dynamic organization. Just email us at: membership@simhouston.org.

Marriott Marquis Houston

1777 Walker Street
Houston, TX

Room rate $275/night. This rate expires on February 1, 2017.

To reserve a room, please visit the HMG Strategy Room Block or call (713) 654-1777 and reference the HMG Strategy event.

The Houston 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 registrar@hmgstrategy.com.


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HMG Strategy Executive Leadership Summits deliver world class thought leadership where attendees receive unique insights into best practices and hear success stories involving leadership, management, technology and career development.

Key Areas of Focus Include:

  • Leading Courageously and Authentically in Times of Crisis
  • Reimagining the Business and the Future of Work
  • Winning the War on Talent
  • Creating a Workplace of Diversity and Inclusion to Foster Innovation
  • Becoming Boardroom Ready
  • Blazing the Path to Secure Innovation
  • Strengthening Your Personal Brand

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