2009-10-07 Austin CIO Panel Forum & Tech Showcase

 TechExecs Austin CIO Panel Forum & Tech Showcase
Wednesday, October 7, 2009   8:00am - 11:45am 

"Rightsizing IT in Today's Economy"

In a good or down economy, IT executives always have the same challenge:   how do they prioritize and evaluate or “right size” their IT initiatives while containing or even reducing costs?  And in today’s challenging economy, can today’s business constraints actually foster innovation from the CIO’s office?

Join Austin's CIO's, CEOs and IT executives in a strategic thinking forum, with attendance by invitation only, where leading Austin IT executives will discuss key issues related to the role of IT leadership in today's economy, describe the challenges they are facing and share their best practices with the audience in a lively, interactive environment.

TechExecs is an open organization and a true network of Senior IT Executives across all regions of the United States. Our open environment encourages awareness, peer recognition, relationship building, strategic thinking and idea contributions to help shape the success of our peers in the community.

Exclusive Underwriter


Venue Host
TechBA and
IC2 Institute at UT of Austin

WPR Auditorium
(West Pickle Research formerly MCC)
3925 West Braker Lane   w Austin, Texas, 78759
Free Parking: 
Designated visitor parking spaces at south-facing entrance.


8:00am Check-in
Continental Breakfast  |  Executives Networking

9:00am Welcome
Colin Osburn, TechExecs Austin Chapter CIO Chair
Janel Umphlett, TechExecs Austin Chapter Vice Chair
Program Introduction by
Mike Petty, Regional Vice President
Time Warner Cable Business Class

Ray Bender, PhD, President, WRB Consulting

"Rightsizing IT in Today's Economy"
Ray Bender, Ph.D.,
Sam Coursen VP & CIO, Freescale Semiconductor
Michael Beamer, Global IT Applications Director, National Instruments
Kristi Browder, Chief Operating Officer/Executive Director, Connect Worldwide

Closing, Recognition & Thanking Our Speakers


Come Network, Learn & Share with your Peers!

  Venue Host

IC2 Institute           

NOTE: This event is free to Industry IT Executives and Professionals and current TechExecs Sponsors and Paid Members.  *Attendees List will be provided at the event.




Sam Coursen

Freescale Semiconductor



Michael Beamer

Global IT Applications Director, National Instruments 




Kristi Browder

COO & Executive Director
Connect Worldwide

Mike Petty

Regional VP
Time Warner Cable Business Class



Sara Patuel

Director of Int'l Business Development
TechBA Program
IC² Institute at UT



Ray Bender, PhD

WRB Consulting


Janel Umphlett

Austin & San Antonio Chapter
Vice Chair 


Colin Osburn, CIO

Austin &
San Antonio
Chapter Co-Chair

  Pam Terry
Events and Sponsorship Director 

TechExecs Network 


Anthony Huang, Founder & CEO

TechExecs Network





Colin Osburn



Derek Benavides

VP of Technology
Campus Advantage

Barry Hutt, CEO/CIO

Virtual Insight




Sam Coursen
Vice President & Chief Information Officer
Freescale Semiconductor

Sam Coursen is vice president and chief information officer (CIO) of Freescale Semiconductor. He is responsible for the discovery, development, and delivery of quality information technology services and solutions that optimize the operational effectiveness and market performance of Freescale.  Sam joined Freescale in August 2005.

Prior to Freescale, Sam was vice president and CIO of NCR Corporation, a global technology solutions provider. Sam joined NCR in 1993 and held various senior management positions within the company. In 1995, he was appointed vice president of Services responsible for development and global deployment of external NCR service offerings (professional services and customer support services). In 1997, he was appointed vice president of Global Applications, responsible for development, global deployment, and support of the IT applications supporting NCR’s internal business operations. In 1998, he was appointed VP & CIO of the company.

Prior to joining NCR, Sam held various technical and management positions at AT&T. He joined AT&T in 1973 in Atlanta, Georgia as a student engineer. In 1974, Sam was appointed to a technical position at Bell Laboratories in Naperville, Illinois developing electronic telephone switching systems. In 1979, he was appointed district manager in Bedminster, NJ responsible for development of operations support systems supporting AT&T’s global communications network. In 1985, he was appointed district manager responsible for the UNIX Standard Operating Environment (SOE) within AT&T. In 1987, he was appointed division manager responsible for all of AT&T’s internal data center and network computing services.

Sam holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Auburn University. He is married with four children and currently resides in Austin, Texas.

Michael Beamer
Global IT Applications Director
National Instruments

Michael Beamer is currently the Global IT Applications Director for National Instruments.   In this role Michael is responsible for all aspects of growing and running a global team of Application Developers, DBA’s and Applications Administrators. This group delivers IT software solutions for National Instruments. Specifically, the IT Applications Group at NI provides business applications for Sales, Marketing, Service, Finance, HR, Manufacturing, Engineering and National Instruments award winning web site ni.com.

Michael is also responsible for developing and running National Instruments IT Governance Process and PMO or Project Management Office.

Michael is a 1992 Graduate from The University of Texas at Austin. Over the past fifteen years he has worked in IT Consulting, IT Product Development and most recently as an internal IT Professional. Michael has provided IT solutions in Industries ranging from Oil & Gas to Service Mgmt to High Tech.

In addition to his responsibilities at National Instruments, Michael serves on the InnoTech Conference Advisory Council, The University of Texas McCombs School of Business IM Advisory Board and The University of Texas Undergraduate MIS Advisory council.  Michael also is a regular guest lecturer at various universities including The University of Texas, Kansas State University and The University of Houston.

Kristi Browder
Chief Operating Officer/Executive Director
Connect Worldwide

Kristi Browder recently joined Connect Worldwide as the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer.  Connect Worldwide is a technology user group primarily focused on Hewlett Packard and HP Partner products and services.  Connect has developed an online community for the members to communicate with each other and share their experiences. Kristi’s extensive experience in leading global IT teams and operations in both large and small companies gives her a unique skill set consisting of IT acumen, operational experience, international perspective, and a sense of community, all of which will serve her well in her new role.  As Connect’s Executive Director and COO, Kristi’s first challenge was to migrate the business from an outsourced management company to a hybrid model consisting of outsourced employees and contract services.   The migration included moving the membership database, accounting, marketing, the website, and social networking.  She was able to achieve this within 60 days by using outsourced IT resources in Mexico and Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions.   Kristi comes to Connect from Silicon Laboratories, where she served as the Director of Information Technology.  Kristi developed her leadership skills while at Motorola, where she served as Director of Global Infrastructure Services. She expanded her experience in leadership as a volunteer in user groups, and serving on the Board of Directors for various nonprofit organizations. Kristi holds bachelor degrees in communications and business administration from The University of Texas at Austin.  

Ray Bender, PhD
WRB Consulting

Ray Bender is a speaker, author, and consultant based in Austin, TX. He has over 25 years experience in sales, consulting, and management with technology companies. He has successfully lead organizations with over 700 people and $500 million in assets.

Prior to starting his own company Ray Bender was Vice President and Research Director for Gartner Group's North American Executive Program. Ray also served as a Consulting Instructor at IBM's Advanced Business Institute. Dr. Ray Bender spent six years as a Research Advisor to Forrester Research's CIO program. He has over 18 years experience advising senior executives on the management of their technology assets.

Dr. Ray Bender's areas of expertise are corporate culture, the human aspects of change, leadership, communications, and creating alliances. Ray Bender also educates non- technical executives on managing IT resources. He has served on the Business School faculty at Teikyo Post University, Waterbury, CT and was a Senior Lecturer in the Management Department at Texas State University - San Marcos. Ray Bender is co-author of two books, Culture .com, Building Corporate Culture in the Connected Workplace and I Should Be Burnt Out By Now, So How Come I'm Not? both published by John Wiley & Sons.

Ray Bender has a B.Sc. in History and Sociology, an MBA, and a Ph.D. in Management. He is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College and a retired Army Colonel.

TechExecs Network

Anthony Huang
TechExecs Network
As a well known industry icon, Anthony Huang has been a successful entrepreneur with a solid track record of having started and sold four profitable business ventures. Along with two other individuals, Pamela Terry and Laura Ramey, Anthony Huang launched the Techxans organization back in 2000.  Techxans.org has sustained the ups and downs of the Information Technology industry for the past 7 years and continues to strive and grow in size and capabilities.  In 2001, Techxans reached national and international attention for helping to launch EnronX.org which was the largest Ex-Enron contact site and was mentioned on the front page of The Wall Street Journal and CIO Magazine.  In January 2007, Techxans formed Techxans InterActive Broadcast providing Internet TV broadcasting, strategic online advisory services for Techxans Corporate Members & Sponsoring companies.  Prior to Techxans, Anthony Huang was the CEO of Rexton InterActive Consulting that led the market in providing strategic web consulting for over 100 major clients across 23 different industries. Anthony also served as the CIO for 2 healthcare ventures.  Anthony began his career with Apple Computers and Ernst & Young and was a recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 1998 with The Greater Houston Partnership.  He has been a speaker at numerous conferences including InformationWeek, Gartner Group Midsize Enterprise Summit, and Red Herring Venture Forums. Anthony graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Management Information Systems and lives in Sugar Land with his wife and two children.


Pam Terry
Event and Sponsorship Director
TechExecs Network
Pam Terry began her foray into technology in 1994 and has a proven track record in sales and marketing in data, voice, collocation, IT consulting, application development, ecommerce, and technology training.  She was most recently an Account Executive with Time Warner Telecom, a Major Accounts Consultant in the Business Division of Time Warner Cable and VP of Marketing for ERGOS Technology.  During her tenure in the industry, Pam had the pleasure of co-founding Techxans with Tony and even created the “Techxans” name.   Prior to Pam’s technology industry experience, Pam was Executive Director of the Galleria Chamber of Commerce and previously provided marketing consulting in the accounting firm industry.  Throughout her career, Pam has been involved in community and trade organizations, having obtained Accreditation in Public Relations from the Public Relations Society of America, and serving on the boards of several charitable and membership groups such as the American Organ Transplant Association and the Association of IT Professionals.  Pam is currently serving as Regional Director of Powerful Women International, a women’s empowerment membership group.  Pam brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in association management and technology to her role as Executive Director of Techxans and Tech Execs.  Originally from Brownsville, Texas, Pam has been in Houston since 1971.   



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