What Keeps IT Executives up at Night?
Today’s technology executives face a number of challenges and responsibilities. In addition to protecting vital company information amid increasingly complex security threats and continuing to implement software and hardware upgrades, today’s IT execs are charged with keeping projects moving in an age of lean budgets and limited resources.
It’s enough to make anyone lose sleep. Additionally, as the demand to innovate accelerates and the resources needed to stay competitive lag behind, IT leaders must make difficult decisions about which projects to pursue, where to spend limited funds and how to retain valuable team members – all while keeping their company safe from IT security breaches.
This panel discussion of leading IT executives will explore what keeps them up at night. What are some of their biggest concerns and what are they doing to adapt, stay competitive and plan for the future?
7:30am – 8:00am Registration & Breakfast
8:00am – 8:15am Welcome & Introductions
8:15am – 8:35am Presentation
8:35am – 9:35am Panel Discussion
9:35am – 10:15am Q&A
10:15am – 10:30am Continued Networking
CSIA members $15; Premium members receive two complimentary tickets
Wilson Davis, VP of Corporate Systems, Western Union
Wilson Davis is Western Union’s Vice President for Corporate Systems. He has responsibility for information systems delivery for anti-money laundering, sovereign regulatory reporting, finance and accounting, treasury, global settlements, human resources, legal, and other corporate shared services. Throughout his career he has specialized in crisis management and game-changing improvements in business processes and application systems for the financial services industry. He was previously a consulting Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York, serving global money-center institutions for 15 years. He recently completed a 3 1/2 year assignment at Freddie Mac, where he led the successful turnaround of their financial systems and operations that were in critical condition. As Freddie Mac’s Vice President of financial and corporate services technology he led a team of over 400 staff and contractors in the enterprise-wide refurbishment of securities valuation, trade reconciliation, clearing, settlement, capital adequacy, corporate tax, risk management, general ledger, performance analytics and project portfolio management applications to satisfy Sarbanes - Oxley reporting and SEC registration requirements, and COBIT application development standards. As a Big-4 consulting Partner in New York he designed and implemented strategic improvements in operations and systems for several global money center institutions including Barclays, Citigroup, Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi, DTCC, NSCC, Nomura Securities and Deutschebank. Earlier in his career he designed and built manufacturing cost and production control systems for PPG Industries, and performed financial merger and acquisition analyses for a predecessor of Wells Fargo. He holds an MBA from Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business in Finance and Operations.
Howard Fish, EVP & CIO, onTargetjobs
Howard Fish has more than 20 years of experience within technology sectors of the healthcare, financial,Internet, restaurant, legal and telecommunication industries. Howard first joined onTargetjobs as Vice President of Products and Software Development in 2008 before his promotion to the company’s Chief Information Officer in 2009. He now manages enterprise strategy and development across five main technology brands. Prior to onTargetjobs, he was a Director and then Vice President and General Manager of Global eCommerce Technology Products at FirstData Corp. Howard managed FirstData’s portfolio of technical products that generated more than $1.2 billion in annual revenue and 47 percent year-over-year growth. Howard has also led technology platforms for companies such as Travelers Express/MoneyGram, Boston Market and AT&T Broadband.
Jay Nielsen, Director of Network Engineering, Intrado
Jay has been actively involved in the deployment of Intrado’s
A911 products. Mr. Nielsen has over 20 years in the telecommunications industry.
At Intrado, he is responsible for the design and maintenance of the internal
and external networks, A911 provisioning, circuit management, and the network
operations center. Prior to his work at Intrado, Jay spent 7 years at Level 3
communications serving in multiple roles including managing the network
operations center and managing operations engineering. Before Level 3 Jay
worked at Kansas cellular/Kinnet as a research and development engineer with
involvement in multiple projects including LMDS testing and Soft switch
technology research. Mr. Nielsen attended Devry University
and holds a BS degree in Telecommunications Management.
John Price, Sr. Director, Data Center Operations, & Corporate Security Officer, Graebel Companies, Inc.
John Price is the senior director of data center operations and corporate security officer for Graebel Companies, Inc. (Graebel). A leading provider of global relocation services, Graebel possesses more than 40 locations nationwide and two offices internationally in Prague and Singapore. Price joined Graebel in 2007 and has focused his attention to developing and maintaining IT governance practices to both improve the company's technology infrastructure and its adherence to the ever expanding global data security/privacy rules and regulations. Before Graebel, Price spent 22 years in the financial services arena, culminating in the position of vice president of IS operations for Fiserv Investment Support Services. In that position, he was responsible for overseeing the systems which support the secure execution of $100M of securities trades daily. Price has lived in the Denver area since 1985 and he currently serves as president for the Mile High Chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP).
Tom Sheraden, Chief Technology Officer, ProLogis
Tom Sheraden is Chief Technology Officer for ProLogis, a global Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) based in Denver. ProLogis’ IT organization supports the people who operate and develop nearly $34B in commercial real estate assets in 18 countries. For the past twenty years (seven at ProLogis), Tom has focused on enabling businesses through the smart application of information technology in sectors including commercial real estate, financial services, .com, telecom and government.
Bob Clark, President, Technology Staffing Services, Robert Half International
Bob Clark is the president of Technology Staffing Services where he oversees the national operations for Robert Half Technology and The Creative Group, specialized staffing divisions of Robert Half International (RHI). Clark joined RHI in 1995 as a consulting area manager in Chicago and recently held the role of president of operations in the central United States. He was promoted to his current position in August 2010. Clark has more than 27 years of experience in the staffing industry. He holds a bachelors degree from Providence College in Rhode Island.
Bryan Walsh, Regional Sales Manager, Latisys
Bryan Walsh is Regional Sales Manager for Denver based Latisys. He has been in IT infrastructure sales for the past 15 years with various companies including Lucent Technologies, Avaya, IBM and Data393. For the past 6 years, Bryan has been responsible for the growth of the managed hosting and colocation business of Latisys in the Rocky Mountain region with an emphasis on infrastructure platforms for scalability and security. Bryan is a native Coloradoan attended Smoky Hill High School and graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Economics. He lives in Highlands Ranch with his wife Carol and two boys Jackson and Ethan.