2013 CIO ADVISORY BOARD
Founded in 2003, the Georgia CIO Leadership Association (GCLA) is the professional organization for Georgia's information technology leaders. Its membership is comprised exclusively of chief information officers or individuals in equivalent positions at companies and organizations throughout the state. The GCLA is a nonprofit, noncommercial organization led by an Advisory Board of Georgia CIOs, including:
Jay Ferro, CIO
American Cancer Society
As CIO, Jay Ferro leads the American Cancer Society’s nationwide Information Technology system in delivering effective and impactful technology support to its mission in creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays.
Prior to joining the Society’s national headquarters, Ferro served as senior vice president and CIO of AdCare Health Systems, a recognized innovator in senior living and health care facility management. Prior to AdCare, Ferro was vice president and CIO for Chartis Aerospace (formerly AIG Aviation), a leading global aerospace insurer, where he implemented numerous improvements and managed significant organizational change in a turbulent market environment. In an earlier role with the AIG Personal Lines subsidiary, Ferro served as Chief Financial Officer for operations and systems and led multiple global IT finance and governance standards initiatives. In 2007, Ferro founded the nonprofit group “Priscilla’s Promise” in honor of his late wife who passed away from cervical cancer. Priscilla’s Promise raises funds for cervical cancer education and research.
John Trainor, CIO
John Trainor is 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 stores to over 1800 with over $2B in revenue. Prior to joining Aaron's, he worked in technology roles at the Southern Company and the United States Senate. He has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
As the technology leader at Aaron’s, John’s primary focus is on business engagement and alignment. He expects his organization to place the most emphasis on individuals and interactions. He positions his organization to be able to be responsive to changing business needs and growth.
Online Community Chair
Bryson Koehler, EVP & CIO
The Weather Company
Bryson is a senior business & technology executive with established entrepreneurial abilities whom excels at creating positive change through relentless relationship building. Creative problem solver who focuses on achieving business goals through the innovative use of technology and directing diverse groups of business and technical minds towards a balance of short and long term objectives. Hands-on innovator through a grounded, visionary approach to product management with significant accomplishments in partnerships, vendor relationship management, unique alliances and complex deal assembly.
Focused on building a strong, energetic, passionate, no-nonsense team culture, built on the celebration of success and the transparent discussion of failure. Strategic leadership experience in delivering stretching business goals through the product definition, software design and development and ongoing operations of a visionary and robust technical architectural strategy.
Edwin Marcial, CTO
Intercontinental Exchange (ICE)
Edwin Marcial, chief technology officer for ICE, is responsible for all systems development and overall technology strategy. He oversees the software design and development initiatives of ICE's information technology professionals in the areas of project management, software development and quality assurance. Edwin joined the software development team at Continental Power Exchange, Inc. in 1996 and has 12 years of IT experience building large-scale systems in the energy industry. Prior to joining Continental Power Exchange, Inc., he led design and development teams at GE-Harris building software applications for the company's energy management systems. Edwin earned a BS in Computer Science from the College of Engineering at the University of Florida.
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
SVP & CIO
CIO & Group
GE Energy Management
Dr. Ephraim McLean
SVP & CIO