Finalists

2013 Finalists

Congratulations to this year’s Georgia CIO of the Year® Award Finalists! CIOs and those in equivalent positions are selected by a distinguished panel of judges, including prior Award winners. Finalists are selected based on their contributions in innovation, leadership, business value, and community involvement. Winners will be announced on October 31, 2014 at the 16th Annual Georgia CIO of the Year Awards breakfast at the Cobb Galleria Centre.

Click below to learn more about the accomplishments of these leaders in the Georgia technology community.

GLOBAL

Tom Musgrave

Tom Musgrave
Americold Logistics
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Jim Scholefield

Jim Scholefield
The Coca-Cola Company
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Brian Sondergaard

Brian Sondergaard
Fiserv
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John Trainor

John Trainor
Aaron's
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Tom Musgrave

Americold is the global leader in temperature control led warehousing and logistics to the food industry, offering the most comprehensive warehousing, transportation, and logistics solutions in the world. Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer Tom Musgrave joined the company in October 2011. During his tenure, he has utilized information technology to help the company live up to its highest value – providing the ultimate in customer-centered service. Under his direction, Americold has earned a reputation as a thought leader in technology and a provider of a highly interactive experience for its customers.

Tom’s leadership in project management, process implementation and restructuring have resulted in significant cost savings and improvements in the efficiency and effectiveness of the Americold IT organization. He and his have developed a multi-year technology roadmap that has improved the company systems by eliminating redundancies and ensuring the delivery of high-visibility systems for continued IT differentiation. He helped Americold gain control of its technology spend, reducing IT costs by 30 percent – from $54M to $35M – and allowing the company to reallocate resources to activities that improve the value of its business.

Americold services more than 3,000 customers with some of the largest companies in the world, handling 80 billion pounds of cold storage products with vastly different service requirements. In keeping with the Americold Customer First initiatives, Tom managed the migration of the company’s customer-facing portal to provide a seamless, more robust experience for customer interface. He streamlined the company’s new business development and constantly-changing customer initiatives such as the customer migration to enhanced WMS/ERP solutions. His organization customized a core of off-the-shelf systems, including PeopleSoft, SAP,Red Prairie and SalesForce,and integrated them with internally developed communication and portal platforms. Americold is the only company in its industry to utilize such a high level of integrated internal and external software.

In 2013, the Americold IT organization launched a business intelligence solution that provides key operational metrics (such as personnel management, occupancy and throughput) and customer profitability tools. The solution included providing high availability and disaster recovery to meet customer requirements. Tom transformed customer communication by developing the Americold call center and key processes such as KPI reporting, escalation and on-call procedures to leverage technology – all while more efficiently utilizing the company’s vast service staff.

Tom also has made great strides in the Americold security and compliance initiatives, starting with a robust information security framework based on ISO 27001/COBIT. This framework created a basis for additional initiatives, such as an updated acceptable use policy, user access rights and review, a security incident management process, and formal security patch standards. These security measures have improved the customer experience and internal security at Americold, providing compliance with a SOX framework and allowing Americold to support a controls based audit in 2015.

Prior to joining Americold, Tom served as Vice President of Information Technology at syncreon, a specialized provider of integrated logistics services to global industries. There, he implemented an ITIL process for change management, service levels, and correction actions that resulted in an increase in uptime improvements of customer availability by 85 percent during a two-year period. Additionally, Tom participated in due diligence and consolidation of the IT organizations of several companies while syncreon grew in revenues from $400M to almost $1B. At syncreon, he made several strategic changes that resulted in the company’s transition from a distributed key system platform to a centralized solution.

In prior executive roles at MEEMIC Insurance Company, Tom designed and executed procedures that ensured full Sarbanes-Oxley compliance for audited systems and developed multi-year strategies for IT improvements. He brings the experience of identifying and evaluating the opportunities for using technology to maximize business results.

Tom began his career in the financial services industry and held officer-level positions in the finance, insurance, and healthcare industries. During his tenure at CNA Insurance, he managed the $6B company to utilize technologies and the Internet to change the way the company serviced its customers. This included the role of CNA eBusiness, a company organization solely focused on differentiating CAN Insurance by bringing legacy systems online. Tom holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from North Central College in Naperville, IL.

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Jim Scholefield

Jim Scholefield leads Global Technology Services (GTS) for the Coca-Cola Company. Jim united core technology teams into a single shared services organization, delivering infrastructure and technology operations for Coca-Cola Corporate, Coca-Cola Americas, Coca-Cola International, and the Bottling Investment Group leading to a simplified operating environment, faster decision-making and measurable cost efficiencies. The new organization provides services to 90,000 Company and BIG associates worldwide as well as more than 70,000 Coca-Cola North America associates, including those in local manufacturing plants.

Jim joined the Company from the Northern Trust Company (Chicago, IL) where he served as Senior VP, Worldwide Technology. There Jim led global technology ope rations, infrastructure and security managing an organization of approximately 1000 Northern Trust and contra ct employees primarily located in Chicago, London, Dublin, Singapore, Bangalore and Chennai.

Jim has over 25 years of experience in technology leadership, application development, program management, technology architecture and infrastructure management in large global enterprises. Prior to Northern Trust, he worked for Ford Motor Company (2001 – 2007) and Procter and Gamble (1988 – 2001).

Jim is on the board of Make a Wish Georgia, Technology Business Management Council, as well as the Violin Memory Advisory Board and Georgia Southern College of Computing Advisory Board. He is a member of the IT United Atlanta Cabinet, Southeast CIO Institute Executive Board, Georgia CIO Leadership Association and \TechBridge Digital Ball co-c hair. In addition. Jim won the 2012 Enterprise ATP Leadership Award winner.

Jim holds an MS from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a BS from Florida State University.

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Brian Sondergaard

Brian is Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Fiserv, a leading global provider of information management and electronic commerce for the financial services industry. In Brian’s current role, he leads the more than 600-strong Product Development organization for the Financial and Risk Management Solutions division, which is more than 950 associates overall across 11 global locations. ,/p>

Brian has a passion for strategy definition, architecture and establishment of lean organizational capabilities and development methodologies that maximize realization of business objectives. This is demonstrated in his 25 years’ experience spanning all aspects of product development, including strategic planning, organizational design and trans formation, market definition, software development and operations.

Brian has been with Fiserv since 2001 and has held various positions in the product development discipline. He previously served in senior technology positions at E3 Corporation, Carreker and the Federal Reserve Bank.

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John Trainor

John is Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Aaron's, Inc., an Atlanta-based specialty retailer that leases furniture, electronics, and appliances.Since 1999, he has helped Aaron's grow from 450 to over 2,100 stores with almost $3B in revenue. Prior to joining Aaron's, he worked in technology rolesat the Southern Company and the United States Senate. He has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

John serves as the founding Chairman of the Mobility Society Board and on the Board of Directors for the Technology Associate of Georgia (TAG) and is the Membership Chairman for the Georgia CIO Leadership Association (GCLA). He volunteers and raises money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Georgia.

John lives in Roswell, GA with his wife, Heather, and three sons, Jack, William, and Phillip. When not working, he shuttles his sons back-and-forth from football to wrestling practice and tries to squeeze in some swimming, biking, and running (sometimes all at the same time).

ENTERPRISE

Bryson Koehler

Bryson Koehler
The Weather Company
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 John Lukas

John Lukas
Arby’s
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  Kevin McDearis

Kevin McDearis
Manhattan Associates, Inc
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Ed Smith

Ed Smith
AutoTrader Group
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Bryson Koehler

As a member of the Executive Committee and self-proclaimed weather geek, Bryson plays a key role in the overall business strategy for The Weather Company. As head of technology, Bryson sets the strategic vision, technical direction, financial planning, and execution of all technology initiatives and operations across all of the company’s four divisions – TV, Digital, Professional, and International. Bryson oversees the technology architecture, global infrastructure, weather forecasting and big data platforms, broadcast and localization systems, software engineering, and quality assurance as well as the company’s internal systems. The IT team leads the design and implementation of industry leading cloud based computing capabilities, large scale big data systems, and digital video personalization technology for web, cable, satellite, and telecommunication distributors.

The technology platforms that Bryson’s team is responsible for, power the on-air products, radio, newspaper and digital distribution to leading web, mobile and desktop applications – weather.com is in the top 20 of most used websites and our mobile apps are in the top 5 of most used daily applications.

Prior to joining The Weather Company, Bryson spent time as an Operating Partner with Exigen Capital, overseeing the firm’s investments and operations in the Travel & Entertainment sectors. Bryson was responsible for global development, deal flow, execution of investment strategy, exits, and success of the overall investments. Exigen Capital is a transformational Private Equity firm that invests in carve outs and large cap startups in the Financial Services, Insurance, Media, Travel, Healthcare, and Communications industries with offices in San Francisco, New York and Zurich.

Previously, Bryson spent 10 years at InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), the world’s largest hotel company, as the Senior Vice President of Global Revenue and Guest Technology. His team of over 425 people was responsible for overall delivery of IHG’s customer facing systems on a global basis. His team led the technology architecture, strategy, test engineering, design, software engineering, and project management of IHG’s $25B revenue and distribution systems: Central Reservations System, Yield/RevenueManagement platform, all web sites, contact centers, third party distribution partnerships, property management systems, and guest facing in hotel technology platforms.

Bryson brings a passion for change and innovation by sitting at the strategy table for both business and technology groups within large and small enterprises. He uses his 20+ years of experience to help companies transform their business capabilities and utilize elegantly simple solutions that are always focused on maximizing the business goals of to the company.

Bryson has and is serving on many customer advisory boards, including the Georgia CIO Leadership Association (GCLA), Verizon Business, Genesys, Microsoft , Google, Akamai & HCL. He was selected by the Executive Alliance as the Quality Leadership Executive of the Year in 2007, and in 2010 Bryson was recognized by CIO magazine as One to Watch with an additional standout award for innovation. In September 2010, Bryson helped IHG become recognized as #2 on InformationWeek’s Top 500 Innovative technology companies for the development a patent pending inventory management systems his team developed. Recently this year, IHG’s Revenue Management platform was a finalist for the Frans Edelman Nobel Prize for operations research and his team was a finalist for technology department of the year in the annual Stevie Awards.

Bryson earned his double Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC. He has lived in the Atlanta area for 15 years, is married and has five children. He is active in his community and has served as the co-captain for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), executive sponsor of the Women In Technology (WIT) program in Atlanta, and is the chief of his son’s Indian Guides program with the YMCA. Bryson also is on the Board of Directors for Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and San Francisco based Revinate

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John Lukas

John is a Chief Information Officer that has experienced a plethora of exciting change throughout his extensive career in various industries guiding organizations in key are as such as strategic planning, team development, financial project and department management, mergers and acquisition, divestures, public and private company technology compliance, and technology innovation focused on creating financial value across organization disciplines.

John holds his Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems from the State University of New York at the College of Technology in Utica, NY, and has held various progressive technical and management positions with organizations such as Bristol-Myers Corporation, Carrier Corporation, Carrols Corporation, and Wendy’s Hamburger’s.

As delivered in his recent CIO role, John is firmly committed to delivering a technology platform that adds value based upon two key tenets. The first is to closely monitor business partner capabilities in emerging technologies that are considered a commodity to the organization, or those that do not directly impact transacting our business, then determine if it makes fiscal sense to outsource that technology. The result of delivering upon this first tenet is actually the second tenet, a transformed technology organization that is virtually 100% dedicated to delivering key organizational goals versus allocating precious time to back office system administration. John believes an organization that is structured in this manner will quickly deliver ongoing new innovative technologies across all disciplines and will continue to add value directly to the Profit and Loss statement. John is also personally committed to working directly with business leaders to form long lasting partners hips and create a continual learning environment for all staff members.

John takes great pride in recent accomplishments of his team during his tenure at the Arby’s Restaurant Group. In July 2011, Arby's was purchased by a local private equity group from the publicly traded Wendy’s Arby’s Group forming the current private Arby’s company. As part of a transition service agreement, Wendy’s retained virtually all components of the technology portfolio required to operate the brand, thus requiring Arby’s to stand up a new infrastructure and hire a full staff to operate as a standalone company within the 90 day agreed to timeframe, or incur a monthly penalty in excess of $1.7M. Through John’s strategic planning and leadership as the appointed CIO, the newly formed Arby’s technology team delivered all components required within allotted timeframes and transition budgets.

John attributes much of his organizational and professional growth to his staff member development foc us, a key requirement is ensuring his staff members understand how the core business functions. Once this skill is developed, the technology team can then play the role of liaison between business leadership and emerging technology capabilities.

John has served his community in various volunteering capacities for many youth athletic programs including football, basketball, and baseball. He also served the technology community by participating on various professional boards applying his expertise across many functions. John has been married for 23 years to his wife Michelle and they spend much of their free time with their four children. In his spare time John enjoys building street rods, fishing, golfing, and boating with his family.

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Kevin McDearis

As Chief Information Officer for Manhattan Associates, Inc., Kevin has responsibility for strategy development and service delivery for the company’s global IT infrastructure. These services span a variety of disciplines including strategy development, organization development, portfolio and project management, software and infrastructure engineering, and operations. Focused on enabling Manhattan’s vision of Supply Chain Commerce, Kevin leads an IT organization driven to enable new levels of productivity for clients and employees through an IT platform that provides “What you want; When you want it; Securely, From anywhere.”

Prior to joining Manhattan Associates, Kevin served as Chief Technology Officer for the Enterprise Technology Group at Fiserv Corporation where he was responsible for solutions architecture and engineering. He became part of Fiserv in 2007 via the acquisition of CheckFree where he served as the Senior Vice President of Infrastructure Services. During his tenure, he led efforts including ERP and CRM implementations, the design and implementation of an enterprise information delivery platform, and engineering of high volume transaction platforms serving the online billing, payment, and ecommerce needs for a majority of the US Financial services companies.

Kevn is a seasoned executive with more than 27 years of information technology experience in the financial services, ecommerce, and supply chain industries with a successful track record partnering with business leaders to plan, develop, and implement industry-leading information technology solutions to meet or exceed revenue, cost, and shareholder value objectives.

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Ed Smith

Ed serves as Chief Technology Officer for AutoTrader Grou p, the largest automotive marketplace and leading provider of software solutions to auto dealers throughout the U.S.

In this role, Ed leads all of AutoTrader Group’s technology functions including product development, strategic initiatives, enterprise architecture, enterprise data management, technology delivery governance, enterprise platforms, and enterprise infrastructure and operations.

Before joining the company, Ed was the Chief Information Officer and President of Technology Services at Alere, a global medical device and managed healthcare company with approximately $2.5B in revenue. Prior to his tenure at Alere, Ed was the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, U.S. consumer information solutions at Equifax, Chief Technology Officer of the homeland security practice of Unisys Corporation and a financial services partner with global consulting firm, Accenture.

Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Physics from Indiana University.

CORPORATE

Walt Carter

Walt Carter
Generation Mortgage Company
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 Michael Hunsucker

Michael Hunsucker
Sovereign Systems
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 Eric Litz

Eric Litz
Delta Data Software
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Richard Powers

Richard Powers
CardioMEMS
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Walt Carter

Generation Mortgage Company’s Chief Information Officer Walt Carter has more than 25 years of experience in technology leadership roles, including positions managing IT and delivery teams at software and services companies, as well as leading consulting groups. He has grown and transformed businesses, their customers, and teams. Adept at working on technology challenges at both large and small companies, Walt frequently speaks to professional groups on the topics of IT governance, risk management and compliance.

After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Guilford College, Walt began his career as a technical officer in the U.S. Air Force and has served in a variety of technology leadership roles with companies such as Fidelity, Gannett Corporation, TRW, Spherion and Ajilon Consulting. Walt earned a Master's degree in public and private administration from Central Michigan University. While at TRW, he won the President's Award for leadership on their largest commercial project. In addition, the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) has selected Walt’s team at Generation as an Excalibur Award Finalist for the past two years.

Walt makes his home just outside of Atlanta with his wife Eileen and their four children.

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Michael Hunsucker

Michael is a founding partner and CTO for Sovereign Systems, a specialized systems integrator and cloud services firm. Michael founded Sovereign in 2007, building the company into $50M+ organization that has received numerous accolades such as the Inc. 500, CRN Fast Growth, UGA Bulldog 100, Atlanta Business Chronicle Pacesetter, and CRN Tech Elite 250.

As CTO, Michael has been responsible for creating and driving infrastructure strategy and solutions in support of Sovereign’s consulting, architecture, implementation and managed services expertise. Additionally, as Managing Partner he has been responsible for the operational aspects of Sovereign’s business including strategic direction, internal support systems, and financial management. Prior to founding Sovereign, Michael had over 20 years experience in the IT industry serving in both consulting (Big 5) and operational capacities.

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Eric Litz

Eric’s role as Chief Technology Officer at Delta Data Software is focused on overseeing development, quality assurance, operations, and sup porting client installed applications.

Prior to joining the Delta Data Team, he spent over 15 years developing and leading teams to deliver financial, marketing, and business intelligence applications, while working for the world’s largest third party credit processor, and several small companies focused on delivering precision measurement equipment for the tire and battery industries.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Jacksonville State University and his Master of Science in Applied Computer Science from Columbus State University.

When not in the office, Eric serves as an online course mentor teaching Computer Science and software engineering courses to undergraduate students. A native of Columbus, Eric enjoys traveling, fishing, and target shooting with his wife and two daughters.

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Richard Powers

Richard has been employed for the past 10 years with CardioMEMS, Inc., a medical device company that has developed and is commercializing a proprietary wireless sensing and communication technology for the human body. At CardioMEMS, Richard has created a ground-breaking private cloud-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) disease management platform that was a key value driver for an acquisition deal with St. Jude Medical valued at over $450M. His experience spans a wealth of areas including Sensor Engineering, Software Design and Development, Clinical, Marketing, and, currently the Information Systems department which he founded within CardioME MS. Richard is a member Board of Advisors for the Health Society of the Technology Association of Georgia and is a member of the Georgia CIO Leadership Association (GCLA).

Prior to CardioMEMS, Richard was employed in the telecommunications industry. He was a Lead Engineer at CIENA Corporation in the LightWave Systems and Metro Transport Group. He also worked at ARRIS Network Technologies and CISCO (formerly Scientific Atlanta) where he designed optical transport systems.

Richard attended the Georgia Institute of Technology, earning his Bachelor's and Master’s degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Mo st recently, he earned his MBA from Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business. Richard lives in Atlanta with his wife and two children. His interests include reading, photography, and running.

EMERGING

Joel Gilbert

Joel Gilbert
APOGEE Interactive
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David Moeller

David Moeller
CodeGuard
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Joshua Silver

Joshua Silver
Patientco
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 Baha Zeidan

Baha Zeidan
Azalea Health
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Joel Gilbert

Joel Gilbert, P.E. is Chief Software Architect and Co-Founder of APOGEE Interactive, Inc. where he personally directs the design and development of energy analysis applications utilizing the highest standards in building science, engineering, operational patterns, weather data and pricing to ensure analytical integrity. Every APOGEE application undergoes the rigors of his mathematical and engineering training, strategic management evaluation and bottom-line business pragmatism having worked with energy companies and large energy consumers directly for nearly three decades.

Prior to cofounding APOGEE, Joel built his career in energy consulting, being retained by over 200 gas and electric utilities and over 100 industrial and commercial firms across the United States to help them clarify and implement successful customer energy programs. His client roster included virtually every major investor-owned utility in the U.S. and their key trade associations including the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the Electric Power Institute (EPRI), the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, and the American Public Power Association (APPA).

At APOGEE, Joel continues to consult with such companies and serve as a thought leader and speaker in energy master planning, online energy efficiency program implementation, energy marketing, and demand side management for U.S. utilities and large industrial enterprises.

Joel holds both Bachelor and Master Degrees in Chemical Engineering and a Masters in Management from Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. He is also a licensed professional engineer in New York State.

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David Moeller

David Moeller is the CEO and co-founder of Atlanta-based ATDC startup company CodeGuard. He has raised over $1.8M to fund the growth of the innovative website and backup service, and received awards from TechCrunch Disrupt - NYC, VentureAtlanta, ATDC/TAG CapVenture, and the MIT Enterprise Forum. CodeGuard is also a TAG Top 40 Innovative Company in Georgia.

After being featured on ABC's American Inventor in 2007, David co-founded a company and licensed technology to Whirlpool. He then grew a start-up SAT/ACT test preparation business, Ivy Insiders, to several hundred employees and over $2M in annual revenues before leading it to an acquisition.

He was formally trained on General Electric's Technical Sales Leadership Program, where he finished first in his program, and held operations and sourcing positions with GE in the U.S. and China before beginning his entrepreneurial career.

David has a BS in Mechanical Engineering, highest honors, from Georgia Tech, and a MBA from Harvard Business School. He holds five patents, was selected by the Georgia Tech Alumni Association as a Top 30 under 30 (2008), was a TAG Spirit of Endeavor - Outstanding Leadership Finalist (2011), and received the TiECON Southeast: Top Up-and-Coming Entrepreneur Award (2012).

While living in Boston, he volunteered with the HBS Boston Association's Community Action Partners, assisting non-profit entities with strategic initiatives. A past mentor with the Atlanta TiE Young Entrepreneurs program for high school students and guest lecturer at Georgia Tech, David enjoys mentoring and contributing to the growth of tomorrow's leaders.

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Joshua Silver

As Vice President of Product Development, Joshua is responsible for Patientco’s overall technology strategy and product direction. His expertise in consumer-centric system design, secure payment processing, and scalable web-platform architecture has helped Patientco deliver a market-leading Patient Billing and Paymentsplatform.

Prior to co-founding Patientco, Joshua served as a core member of the newly- created International Product Development team at CareerBuilder. Splitting his time between Atlanta, Chicago, and London, he worked on launching over six new international sites and spearheaded technical integrations with key European online advertising partners such as Virgin Media, AOL, and Lycos.

Joshua holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he graduated with Highest Honors and was the recipient of the prestigious President's Scholarship Award. He is an active member of the Atlanta Technology and Startup communities and has served as a judge for the Technology Association of Georgia's "Top 40 Innovative Companies in Georgia" Award.

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Baha Zeidan

Baha is the driving force behind the technology and strategic direction for Azalea Health. Under his leadership, the company built an integrated, cloud-based practice management solution and established a strong customer base. Inc. Magazine named Azalea as one of the nation’s fastest-growing private comp anies, and the Technology Association of Georgi (TAG) has named Azalea Health a top 40 innovative company. The company provides a fully integrated, end-to-end healthcare management and medical billing software solution which is truly cloud-based. The solution was developed from the ground up for small practices so it's simple to implement and easy to use.

In collaboration with his team, Baha ensures Azalea Health is on track to meet its product development and performance, customer service, sales, profitability, and community goals. He serves as an ambassador in the industry and the community, enabling the Azalea team to excel in industry goals and standards. He is a strong proponent of Health IT, cloud computing, mobile development, and big data analytics. In addition, Baha proactively cultivates strategic relationships with partners and shareholders who can aid in the advancement of Azalea Health and its mission.

Baha believes strongly in fostering an upbeat work environment where team members are empowered and enthusiastic about delivering industry leading products and services. He participates in and speaks regularly at healthcare technology organizations and events.

Baha received his BS in Computer Science from Valdosta State University and is currently pursuing his master’s degree in Information Technology Management with a focus in healthcare. He received the GOLD Award (Graduate of the Last Decade) Alumni Award from Valdosta State University for demonstrating professional achievements and exceptional community service. He is a member of the Georgia Chamber of Small Business Advisory Council, a board member of the Lowndes County-Valdosta Chamber and the Central Valdosta Development Authority, and serves as an advisor for Wiregrass Technical College for the HIT program. Baha is also an active member of TAG HIMSS, The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

NON-PROFIT / PUBLIC SECTOR

Steven Burrell

Steven Burrell
Georgia Southern University
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Curtis Carver

Curtis Carver
University System of Georgia
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Samuel Conn

Samuel Conn
Southern Polytechnic State University
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Anne DeBeer

Anne DeBeer
Federal Reserve Bank
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Steven Burrell

Steven has more than 30 years of higher education technology administration experience holding positions at Colorado State University, Hutchinson Community College (KS), Plymouth State University (NH), Saint Leo University (FL), and is currently the Vice President for Technology and Chief Information Officer at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA.

Steven is a lifelong learner, holding a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from Sterling College (KS), a Masters of Education in Technology Administration degree from Plymouth State University (NH), an Education Specialist Degree in Leadership from Georgia Southern University, and a Doctor of Education of Higher Education Leadership from Georgia SouthernUniversity.

In his career, Steven has lead a wide variety of successful technology projects and services. Among the many projects were the implementation and management of the first personal computer laboratory at Colorado State University, implementing new enterprise resource planning systems for Plymouth State University, implementing learning management systems that serve military students throughout the world at Saint Leo University, and most recently implementing media services that has won two Emmy Awards for producing athletic and fine arts programming at Georgia Southern University.

Steven’s passion for technology and higher learning has created opportunities for fostering generations of college graduates. He is passionate about creating future leaders who are technology literate and has created leadership development programs to foster the next generation of CIOs and education leaders, including the Eagle Leadership program at Georgia Southern University.

He is also active in his profession serving on state-wide technology boards and in advisory roles for private business and education organizations. Steven is also active in his community, and is currently President-elect of the Downtown Statesboro Rotary Club.

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Curtis Carver

Curtis Carver, Ph.D is the Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer for the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG). In this capacity, he oversees a statewide educational infrastructure and service org anization with morethan 250 innovators and an annual investment in higher education of more than $70M. He also provides technical oversight for the USG Shared Services Center.

With a mix of military and academic experience, Curt has led the transformation of USG Information Technology Services by partnering with USG business owners, institutions, and other state agencies. The introduction of private cloud services, entrepreneurial offerings, new learning management system, new data systems, social media, unified communications, strategic partner engagement, and a focused and aligned financial model has been well received in Georgia and around the nation.

Through his leadership, Curt’s garnered national recognition for the USG including the 2012 Global CIO Break Away Leader Award, 2012 and 2013 Georgia State Technology Innovation Award, 2013 InformationWeek500 Top Innovative Organizations (ranked in the top 10), 2013 InformationWeek 20 Best Ideas to Steal, 2013 N2N Champions of Innovation, 2013 Atlanta Telecommunications Professional Leadership Impact Award, 2013 InformationWeek Chiefs of the Year and the 2014 ComputerWorld Premiere100 IT Leaders.

Prior to the USG, Curtis served at the U.S. Military Academy – West Point in a number of positions including interim Vice Dean of Education, Vice Dean for Resources, Associate Dean for Academic Computing, and IT Program Director. Curtis led efforts that were successful in more than doubling student participation in international experiences and substantially expanded programs addressing the needs of at-risk students. In addition, he coordinated significant revisions to the curriculum, facilitated the completion of the construction of a $72M library and learning center, secured funding for a $182M renovation of the science building, and supported efforts to accredit the institution regionally through the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

Carver’s 27-year military career includes appointments as platoon leader, senior signal officer, company commander, battalion operations officer, division deputy G6, and military mentor. He was assigned to Korea and Italy, and was deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq, where he served as a strategic mentor to build their respective national military academies.

Throughout his career, Curt has been engaged in the active leadership of military, academic, research, and service organizations. He has served as a member of a number of governing bodies or executive boards including the Computer Science Accreditation Board, Computer Accreditation Commission, multiple CIO Executive Summits, and the Federal Information Assurance Conference. He is a senior-level member in the Association for Computing Machinery and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers professional societies and continues to play an active role in shaping the national agenda in technology, education, and the interaction between the two. In addition, he is an active member of the Georgia CIO Leadership Association (GCLA).

Curtis has authored hundreds of journal articles and conference papers and has given numerous keynote presentations or other plenary presentations. He has received numerous national and international honors and awards for military, teaching, and research excellence throughout his career.

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Samuel Conn

Samuel Conn, Ph.D. has over 35 years of combined military, professional, and industry experience in the field of technology and information systems. Initially working in software programming and electronic engineering, Samuel continued work with the development and administration of database management systems, principally Oracle and IBM DB2, and the integration of business requirements in database application development and business intelligence. In the mid-90s, as the importance of the internet began to take hold, he worked with business organizations to migrate from client-server technologies to web-enabled technologies, utilizing portal concepts to create and advance opportunities for electronic commerce and electronic business relationships.

Samuel worked as the principal architect for designing and implementing the information systems architecture for two Fortune 500 corporations and three internet start-up companies. He worked with senior management teams in the positions of Director of Technical Support, Director of Information Systems, Vice President of Information Technology, and Vice President of Technology and Business Development for companies such as Baxter Healthcare Corporation, a $14B public corporation; InfoBeat, Inc., now a division of the Sony Corporation; Parascript Corporation, a Russian-American software development company; Vertical Alliance (now Veritix) and most recently with clients such as American Express, Macromedia, and International Speedway Corporation, the largest NASCAR franchise in the US.

Building on his corporate Information Technology career, Samuel began work in higher education in 2001 with a focus on information technology management, administrative and educational technologies, e-Learning networks, and online program construction and management.

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Anne DeBeer

Anne DeBeer is responsible for Technology Solutions Services, Financial Planning and Management, and Financial Statistics and Structure Analysis at the Federal Reserve Bank. She joined the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in 1974. In 1982, she was named to the official staff as Assistant Director and Reserve Bank budget director. She later became Assistant Director over the electronic payments and check collection functions.

Anne joined the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta in 1987 as Vice President overseeing the accounting and planning and budget functions. In 1994, she was promoted to Senior Vice President and given added responsibility for the corporate automation area. She was named to the District's management committee in 1996. In 2001, Anne was named the supervisory officer over the District's human resources function, in addition to her corporate automation responsibilities. From 2004 to 2010, she oversaw the financial services division, corporate automation, and the District's law enforcement functions .

Anne chairs the District's Information Technology Governance Review Board and is a member of the System's Technology Services Council under the auspices of the Information Technology Oversight Committee. She is also a member of the Advisory Group on Financial Management and the Accounting Business Steering Group under the auspices of the Financial Support Office, and the Georgia CIO Leadership Association (GCLA). She has held several key System positions over the years and is currently chair of the Learning Management Support Steering Group, the System’s Information Technology Planning and Control Group, and the National IT Accounting Work Group.

A native of Rochester, NY, Anne received a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada, and received a Master's degree and a doctorate in Public Administration from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Anne is a graduate of the Harvard Advanced Management Program and Leadership Atlanta. She serves on the advisory board of Georgia Tech's College of Management, the Advisory Board of Georgia Tech’s CIO Institute, the Advisory Council of the Atlanta CIO Forum and the Board of Directors of Quality Care for Children. She is married and has two sons.

 
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