- David Guthrie
About the GCLA
The Georgia CIO Leadership Association (GCLA) is Georgia’s preeminent professional association for senior technology leaders. Founded in 2003, its membership is comprised exclusively of chief information officers or individuals in equivalent positions from public and private companies, government, education and non-profit organizations throughout the state. The GCLA is a 501(c)(6) professional association led by a CIO Advisory Board from organizations including: Georgia-Pacific, GE Energy, American Cancer Society, NCR Corporation, and The Coca-Cola Company.
The GCLA's mission it to build a strong, professional information technology community by working with business, government and industry leaders within the state and nationally, to build valuable relationships and establish Georgia as a technology leader.
The GCLA exists to provide a forum to share ideas, best practices and experiences relevant to CIOs. We are committed to creating opportunities for Georgia CIOs to engage in substantive, issues-based discussion related to their industries and profession. We promote industry growth and professional development by hosting luncheons, receptions, round tables and executive events that facilitate valuable interaction among senior-level experts.
The GCLA holds quarterly membership events with speakers and programming selected and arranged by the CIO Advisory Board. In addition to regular quarterly programming, the GCLA hosts the Georgia CIO of the Year® Awards and promotes special events such as programs on venture capital and early-stage companies in partnership with community organizations such as ATDC/TAG, and receptions with well-known global technology leaders visiting Atlanta, such as Steve Ballmer, John Chambers, and Michael Dell.
CIOs and those in equivalent positions from Georgia-based businesses with more than $100 million in annual revenue. Organizations with over $5 billion in annual revenue are qualified to enroll up to three CIOs/CTOs.
The GCLA is underwritten by contributions from Deloitte, IBM, Intellinet, Microsoft, and Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP. With their support, the GCLA assures all of its events remain non-commercial and are attended solely by CIO-level executives. In addition, support from these companies allows the GCLA Advisory Board to solicit common issues and define trends and programming to shape the discussion at GCLA events.