2009-5-13 TechExecs Atlanta CIO Panel Forum & Technology Showcase

Atlanta CIO Panel Forum & Tech Showcase
Wednesday, May 13, 2009   8:00am - 11:45am 

Topic:   "2009 Best Practices & Trends in Enterprise IT:  Challenges & Best Practices" 

Location:   Strayer University
                   100 Mansel Court East
                 Roswell, GA 30076

Strayer University’s Roswell Campus is located between Roswell and Alpharetta off of GA-400 at Exit 8.
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                                     Venue & Breakfast Host Sponsors

                         Strayer           Strategic Sphere

               Please Contact Pam Terry (pam@techexecs.net) to inquire & qualify
               to attend this CIO Panel Forum -or- call 866.497.4070.

All attendees will receive a chance to win movie passes to see StarTrek the movie opening in theaters nationwide May 8.  TechExecs is an Official Webmaster Partner.   


 Ben Graham


Ben Graham

 Kathy Lamb (CIO PANELIST)

Kathy Lamb
Ames Taping Tool Systems


Bjarke Ormstrup
Director, IT

 Robert Wallingsford


Robert Wallingsford
Storage Executive
Dell EqualLogic

 Barbara Kunkel


Barb Kunkel
Troutman Sanders


Sandra Hofmann,
CIO-in-Residence,  Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), Georgia Tech

DeLois Babiker  (WELCOME)
DeLois Babiker,
Dir of Application
Services Georgia
of HR

Atlanta Chapter
  Pam Terry
Executive Director
& Co-Founder


Anthony Huang
TechExecs Network

2009 CIO



Van Williams
SVP and Group CTO

(CIO Panel)


Noni Gonzalez
AVP Corporate
Systems AT&T Mobility
(CIO Panel)


Doug Haugh
Mansfield Oil Company
(CIO Panel)


Nick Grecco
SVP IT and Infrastructure
(CIO Panel)



8:00am - 8:30am    Check-in, Continental Breakfast, Table Showcase & Executives Networking
                             Venue & Breakfast Host Strayer University & Strategic Sphere Corp.

8:30am - 8:45am     Welcome by Strategic Sphere Corp by Dr. Kambiz Khadem
                              Introduction of Founder by Pam Terry, Executive Director of TechExecs


                              Founder's Welcome & Inspire Me Program
                              Anthony Huang, Founder of TechExecs

                              Sponsors Recognition & Program Introduction
                              Pam Terry, Executive Director of TechExecs
9:00am - 9:30am     FEATURED PRESENTER
                              "Simplifying Virtualization"
                              ...PDF  (click to open or download pdf of presentation)
                              Robert Wallingsford, Storage Executive, Dell EqualLogic            

9:30am - 10:00am   FEATURED PRESENTER
                              "CIO Governance:  Social Network's Enterprise Integration
                                         ... from blue sky to tactical"
                              ...PDF  (click to open or download pdf of presentation)
                              CIOs Insight by Anthony Huang, Founder, TechExec

                               Syscom Technologies | Strategic Sphere Consulting                            


10:30am - 11:30am   CIO & Thought-Leadership Panel

                               Sandy Hofman, CIO-in-Residence, ATDC, MODERATOR
                               Ben Graham, CIO, MARTA
                               Kathy Lamb, VP & CIO, Ames Taping
 and Tool Systems, Inc.
                               Bjarke Ormstrup, Director, IT, PBD
                                Barb Kunkel, CIO, Troutman Sanders

11:30am - 12:00pm   Closing, Recognition & Thanking Our Speakers
                                POST-EVENT: TABLE SHOWCASE & NETWORKING

NOTE: This Event is Free to Non-Vendor IT Professionals and current TechExecs Sponsors and Paid Members.  Attendance is limited for Sales, Marketing and Recruiting Professionals who are current members or sponsors.  Please contact Pam Terry (pam@techexecs.net) to qualify for attendance to the CIO Panel Forum. * Attendees List will be provided at the event.




Strategic Sphere


 Star Trek



Ben Graham
Assistant General Manager and CIO

Ben Graham is the Assistant General Manager and Chief Information Officer for MARTA, a position he has held since 2006. He is responsible for enterprise-wide technology strategy, network infrastructure and operations, enterprise applications, technology-related governance, security, compliance and program management initiatives and activities.

Graham has more than 20 years of demonstrated leadership experience in building data and telecom networks, as well as guiding technology operations and initiatives across large-scale, complex organizations. As an accomplished strategist and team builder, his vision and expertise in data and telecom networks has driven notable enterprise growth in wireless, optical and voice over IP networks within the transportation and public sectors. 

Ben Graham’s early technology experience encompasses twenty-plus years of service in the United States Marine Corps, where, as a Chief Warrant Officer, he installed one of the first networks that reduced the total cost of ownership for communications globally. Ben has held several technology positions with increased responsibility and leadership roles throughout his career.

Offering a rare blend of creative and operational strengths, Graham has achieved tremendous success in turning around troubled data and telecom networks.  His strategic approach to building solid data and telecom networks is widely recognized, and has led to   notable success in providing unwavering and robust networks. At MARTA, he designed the Dense Wave Division Multiplex (DWDM) Network that has supported the Authority for the past five years. The scalability of this network is designed for long-term sustainability.

He is also known for his aptitude to rapidly identify and diagnose connectivity impediments that include providing constructive solutions that encourage affirmative business growth. 

Ben has given numerous technology lectures and training throughout his career and led the first Sprint Wireless Café in Seattle, Washington.

Ben Graham was a finalist in the Georgia CIO of the Year Award in 2008.
Graham holds a Master of Science degree and a Bachelor of Science degree from Shorter College in Atlanta, Georgia.

Kathy Lamb
Ames Taping Tool Systems, Inc.

Kathy Lamb is Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Ames Taping Tool Systems, Inc., a privately-held company servicing the drywall finishing trade through more than 200 locations across the United States and Canada. In her current role, Ms. Lamb is responsible for all aspects of Ames’s information technology including IT strategy, business continuity, network and systems infrastructure, and IT operations. 

Ms. Lamb has had a uniquely diverse career spanning more than 30 years, including management positions in the financial services, technology and manufacturing industries. She has extensive experience in operations management, product management, professional services, and project management. She has also led a number of operational integration initiatives related to mergers and acquisitions. 

Prior to joining Ames Tools, Ms. Lamb was President of Three-Nineteen, Inc., a business and technology consulting company that provided services to mid-market companies and small businesses. Ms. Lamb has also worked for CheckFree Corporation, BankSouth Corporation (now Bank of America), C&S National Bank and Babcock and Wilcox (now Thermal Ceramics). 

Ms. Lamb currently serves on the board of Global EXEC Women.  She has also has served on the Board of Directors for the Georgia State University Alumni Association and has volunteered at the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

Ms. Lamb was a finalist for the 2008 CIO of the Year Award sponsored by the Georgia CIO Leadership Association.  In 2006, she was one of eight Roundtable Speakers at Emory University’s Undergraduate Business School Leadership Conference on Values-based Leadership.

Ms. Lamb is a graduate of Georgia State University’s Executive MBA Program, where she earned a 4.0 GPA and received the George P. Malanos Award for Academic Achievement. 

Bjarke Ormstrup
Director, IT

Bjarke Ormstrup is responsible for the information technology infrastructure that supports the PBD staff and its clients. Bjarke's primary role is to maximize the utilization of the company's significant technology investment using AS/400, J.D. Edwards and ecommerce platforms. Bjarke has more than 15 years of global experience within information technology, supply chain management and business process improvement.  Bjarke holds a Masters of Industrial Engineering from a Danish University as well as a Masters of Business Administration from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.

Barb Kunkel
Troutman Sanders

Barb is Chief Information Officer at Troutman Sanders LLP with over twenty-five years of IT leadership, including more than a decade in a premier law firm. She is recipient of the 2005 Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leaders Award and 2001 Information Technology Women of the Year Award presented by the Women’s Council of the Greater Rochester Metro Chamber-of-Commerce. Prior to Troutman Sanders, Barb worked for Nixon Peabody for twelve years as CIO and for the Eastman Kodak Company for twelve years as a programmer, senior systems analyst, and software development manager. Barb also spent one year at the Rochester Telephone Company as an applications development supervisor for one of their subsidiary start up companies.

Continuous education is a very high priority for Barb. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree at Bowling Green State University (in Bowling Green, Ohio), earned her M.B.A. degree at the University of Rochester's Simon School, and is currently working on her Doctorate in Business Administration (D.B.A.) at the University of Phoenix.

Sandra Hofmann,
CIO-in-residence for the Advanced Technology
Development Center (ATDC) at Georgia Tech

Sandra Hofmann is an innovative and inspiring executive who understands and drives the value of alignment across the enterprise and has successfully provided leadership to technology and manufacturing professionals for over 25 years.   Sandy’s broad management experience, including 14 years with IBM, has enabled her to effectively guide teams to realize goals and deliver desired results. Particularly adept at addressing issues associated with acquired and merged businesses, Sandy has frequently been recruited to address the most difficult and challenging environments.  

Sandy has repeatedly demonstrated her exceptional strength of character and leadership, as well as her ability to serve as a change agent.  She led the transition activities for one of the first application spin-offs from IBM.  She faced the unique challenge of breaking the gender barrier at Simplex, while concurrently transforming the way service was delivered.  She joined MAPICS, their first woman to be a member of the executive team, as the Vice President and General Manager for a newly acquired business unit and was then a lead participant in the company’s re-engineering as a functional organization.  She then stepped into the unique dual role of CIO and Chief People Officer and established the company’s organizational model for the “virtual office” which provided extraordinary results in enterprise efficiency and expense benefits.  Her introduction of information liberation, a project management office and portfolio management allowed the company to rapidly assimilate acquisitions (doubling in size) and then obtain full integration in less than six months.   

Sandy's management philosophy, leadership characteristics and business results have been acknowledged by numerous industry recognitions: Georgia CIO Leadership Association (GCLA) selected Sandy as the Georgia CIO of the Year in the 2003 regional category. The award honors individuals who have demonstrated outstanding technology leadership in Georgia and excellence in managing their organization's enterprise wide information systems. In 2003 she was selected as one of five finalists for Woman of the Year in Technology by Georgia Technology Association and again in 2004 she was one of seven finalists.  Articles highlighting Sandy's results have been published in CIO and CFO Magazine, CIO Insight, CIO Quarterly, Workforce Management, Human Resource Executive, and PINK Magazine.  Able to present and discuss information and strategies in a way that establishes rapport, persuades others, and gains commitment, Sandy is an often requested speaker and panelist for technology and community events.

Sandy’s influence reaches beyond her professional undertakings and she is very engaged in her community with the promotion of technology and ethical leadership.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors for AAA Auto Club South,  TechBridge, Women in Technology, and is the past chairman for the Board of Directors for Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-Atlanta chapter).  A member of GCLA and the Board of Directors Network, Sandy  participates on numerous advisory boards including Turknett Leadership Group.

Sandy graduated from Georgia State University with a bachelor of science in education, has completed an intensive program for executive management at Stanford University and received Corporate Directors certification from University of Georgia Terry College of Business.  A self-proclaimed “biblioholic”, Sandy has an extensive personal library, enjoys herb gardening, weaving, entertaining, and target pistol shooting. 

Currently Sandy is serving as “CIO-in-Residence” with the Advanced Technology Development Center. Headquartered at Georgia Tech, ATDC is a nationally recognized science and technology incubator that helps Georgia entrepreneurs launch and build successful companies.  Most recently she was Chief Operating Officer at Closets and More, the Southeast’s largest custom closet design, installation, and manufacturer.  Prior to that, Sandy served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Turknett Leadership Group.  Turknett Leadership Group is a character-based management and consulting firm that focuses on aligning strategy, leadership and culture by providing services in the areas of Executive Development, Selection & Integration; Succession Planning; Team Assessment and Development; Ethics, Retention and Culture Consulting.


DeLois Babiker
Director of Application Services
Georgia Department of Human Resources

DeLois Babiker has over 24 years experience in executive leadership, software development, project management, and fiscal oversight. Her uncanny ability to anticipate IT trends, coupled with her natural ability as a business development professional, have been met with consistent success throughout her career.  DeLois is presently serving as the Director of Application Services for the Georgia Department of Human Resources. As Director, DeLois oversees the daily service delivery of web and mainframe application development and maintenance and database services supporting a 80+ application portfolio. She also manages budgets, schedules, and over 100+ centralized and decentralized staff in Atlanta and Milledgeville Georgia offices.  Her ability to manage and grow new and existing businesses while simultaneously designing and implementing technology solutions, enabling business process re-engineering gained the attention of MACROsystems, who entrusted DeLois with the launch of its Washington, DC office. As its Director of Federal Sales, DeLois successfully managed the day-to-day operations of MACROsystems, winning $3.2 million in new business by maximizing her extensive knowledge of the federal IT landscape.

Prior to her position with MACROsystems, DeLois served as the Chief Information Officer/Director of Information Management for the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation. There DeLois daily interfaced with the Executive Management Team and Board of Directors while managing a staff of 28 and a budget of $6.1 million. She also utilized her well-honed project management skills to successfully implement enterprise wide Internet/Web and database applications; enhance the IT infrastructure as well as local- and wide-area networks; and create a responsive user support team.  DeLois has also had the good fortune to participate in groundbreaking innovations, having spent eight years at Freddie Mac where she progressed professionally by leading the software development and implementation of its loan origination and REMIC Tax Systems. Eventually DeLois migrated to the Freddie Mac Foundation where she provided technical leadership to the Washington, DC Department of Family Services to resolve the findings of the LaShawn v. Kelly Remedial Order. The result was the design and implementation of Phase I of the Washington, DC foster care State-Wide Automated Child Welfare Information System (SACWIS), which is now a federal requirement for all state Departments of Social Services.  DeLois Babiker has enjoyed a stellar career that is sure to grow exponentially in the years to come. Hers is a name you will continue to hear as an innovative technology professional and an enterprising business woman.




TOPIC:  "Simplifying Virtualization"
Robert Wallingsford, Storage Executive, Dell EqualLogic

Abstract:  Today’s IT managers spend significant time and energy dealing with an unwieldy assortment of applications, operating systems, and server environments. Increasingly, managers are employing virtualization technologies to re-engineer their IT infrastructures; results include reduced operational complexity, increased flexibility to address new business needs, and significantly lower costs.

Bio:   Robert draws from his past experience managing Network Storage teams and as an Advisory Technical Consultant, and Technical Business Consultant, which has enabled him to provide state-of-the-art technical services and consulting to his customers. Robert has provided strategic direction, including technical and financial value-add, to highly-respected organizations such as Macy’s Systems and Technology, Nova Information Systems, Fiserv, Checkfree, FedEx, Wachovia, Bank of America and many others.

Robert’s professional training and certifications have consisted of the following: Dell EqualLogic Technical Storage Specialist, EMC Proven Specialist, EMC Proven Associate, EMC Sales Engineering Accreditation, Netapp Certified Sales Professional, VMWare Technical Sales Professional, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer + Internet, Microsoft Certified Trainer, Microsoft Certified Sales Specialist, Microsoft Certified Professional, Microsoft Certified Professional + Internet, and Chauncey Certified Technical Trainer.

Robert is a published author of MCSE Training Guide: Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5, 1998; New Riders Publishing, a division of Macmillan Computer Publishing.  Publication date:  June ’98.

Robert is a graduate of the University of Alabama in Huntsville and attended the University of Tennessee in Electrical Engineering studies and has achieved corporate recognition for his outstanding service and sales throughout his career. As a recognized expert in the field of Information Technology, Robert has the unique skills and qualifications that contribute to the success of his customers.



TOPIC:  "CIO Governance: Social Network's Enterprise Integration...from Blue Sky to Tactical"
Anthony Huang, Founder, TechExecs Network

Abstract:  ...From Blue Sky to Tactical.  Social Networking has gained a tremendous momentum in all areas of online activities.  From an internal Information Technology view point, how do we adopt the key advantages of Social Networking into the corporate intranet and leverage the values of this new platform to increase productivity, efficiency, and profitability.  The presentation will include highlight discussions from three implementations viewpoints:  Microsoft Academy, SabreTown, and Oracle CRM.

Bio:   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
Executive Director & Co-Founder
TechExecs :: Technology Executives Network (TechExecs & Techxans)
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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