Co-Founder of EFM, Inc. 19 years ago. We now have 31 events in 28 states that reach over 8,000 IT Executives. The Symposiums do a great job helping to connect executives locally. It has a been a wish of mine to be able to connect people across state lines and allow everyone to learn from others experiences. This is what IT Pack will do. We want to make difference and leave a legacy of helping people across the U.S. IT Pack will allow us do that.
Thirty-Eight years of leadership experience in the Information Technology Industry. Progressive technology and management roles at Allied Signal/Honeywell, The Department of Energy, General Electric, and most recently, 21 years as Chief Information Officer for Lockton Companies, the largest privately held broker in the world. Group recognition for accomplishments and technology innovation by Information Week for five straight years, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. Including recognition as one of the first companies to provide a completely cloud-based company desktop to all employees in the US and UK. Co-founder of the Kansas City CIO Exchange in 2001, a collaborative group comprised of senior Information Technology executives from most of Kansas City’s largest companies. Education includes a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Science from Northwest Missouri State University and a Masters degree in Business Administration from Rockhurst University. Also attained certification in the Quality programs both with General Electric and the former AlliedSignal, achieving a Master Black Belt designation in the G.E. Capital Six Sigma program in 1997.
My background is in technology, professional services and digital media. I co-founded Zapnito due to a number of related observations from my time in these sectors: 1) the social web is creating a huge amount of noise 2) expertise that brands have built up over decades is being drowned out and hidden from those that need it 3) these brands are therefore losing their audience to often undeserving and unhelpful sources, and 4) people are finding it harder to access the expertise that they truly value. I therefore decided to create Zapnito, a white-label platform to help trusted brands reclaim their audiences via expert-driven knowledge networks.
Director of Application Development, Kasnas City Southern Rail
While I have led pretty much all the aspects of a technology organization, both internal and service providers, my primary interest is not really technology. I have come to the thinking that while technologies will come and go, the true leverage or value add exists within the real people in the organization. My interests as an IT leaders are in the areas of employee engagement, and developing leadership CAPACITY at all levels of an organization. Especially as the generations in the workforce evolve in terms of their values and perspectives. People will always matter. So, organizations must evolve to matter to them.