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Aleta Jeffress
Aleta Jeffress CIO of City of Aurora

Aleta Jeffress, CIO, City of Aurora

Aleta Jeffress has over 20 years of success as an Executive IT leader and a proven track record of establishing relationships between business and technology. Aleta has experience in building and transforming start up software companies, as well as managing large federal government contracts and large state and local government agencies. She successfully consulted in the areas of IT Leadership and Risk Management, and has built Project Management and IT Security offices from the ground up. She is a champion for change!
Amar Amarnath
Amar Amarnath CIO of Swiftpage
Barry Dykes
Barry Dykes VP of Network Services at ViaWest
Bill Weeks
Bill Weeks SVP and CIO at SquareTwo Financial

Bill Weeks, SVP and CIO at SquareTwo Financial

Bill Weeks is a technology executive specializing in driving business value through digital strategy, optimizing business process and by creating a high performing technology culture focused on understanding and delivering business value. Bill currently serves as the SVP and CIO for SquareTwo Financial. He is responsible for all IT operations and systems development, and establishes systems strategies that align with the business and enable profitable revenue growth.
Brad Feld
Brad Feld Co-Founder of Techstars
Brandon Weaver
Brandon Weaver Chief Technology Officer
Carolyn Elam
Carolyn Elam Senior Advisor, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Carolyn Elam, Senior Advisor, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Carolyn Elam currently serves as Senior Advisor to the Chief Operating Officer for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Previously, she was the Deputy Facility Manager for NREL’s Energy Systems Integration Facility and led the successful transition from construction to full research operations for this award-winning, state-of-the-art facility. Prior to joining NREL, Carolyn was a senior manager with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) where she managed portfolios in the areas of solar and building energy efficiency.
Cary Waddell
Cary Waddell Dir. of Software Engineering at
Chris Bedi
Chris Bedi CIO at ServiceNow

Chris Bedi - CIO at ServiceNow

Chris Bedi joined ServiceNow in September 2015 and currently serves as ServiceNow’s CIO. Prior to joining ServiceNow, Bedi served as CIO of JDSU from August 2011 to March 2015 where he was responsible for IT, Facilities, and Indirect Procurement. Prior to JDSU, Bedi held various positions at VeriSign from April 2002 until August 2011, including CIO, VP Corporate Development, and VP HR Operations. Bedi began his career at KPMG Consulting from June 1996 to April 2002. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Chris Gebhardt
Chris Gebhardt Director of IT for Air Medical Resource Group
Chris Laping
Chris Laping Co-Founder & CEO, People Before Things, LLC., Former CIO, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

Co-Founder & CEO, People Before Things, LLC., Former CIO, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

Chris Laping shares more than 24 years of information technology, business transformation and change leadership experience through his recently launched consultancy, People Before Things, LLC. Prior to this work, Mr. Laping enjoyed 14 years as a CIO across three brands including GMAC and Red Robin Gourmet Burgers. He has been recognized by the Economist, InformationWeek, and ComputerWorld for various leadership accomplishments and the work of his teams has been highlighted in four published books. Mr. Laping is currently writing a book of his own on change leadership and frequently does speaking engagements across the industry. He lives in Denver with his wife, three kids and golden retriever.
Chris von Grebe
Chris von Grebe
Christine Vanderpool
Christine Vanderpool CISO at Molson Coors
Christopher Higgins
Christopher Higgins Chief Information Officer, US Bank

Christopher Higgins, Chief Information Officer, US Bank

Christopher Higgins is the Chief Information Officer of US Bank. He leads an organization of 4,300 employees and is responsible for the development and delivery of software solutions and the Company's technology infrastructure. Prior to joining US Bank, Christopher held a variety of Technology, Operations, Information Security, Disaster Recovery, Merger and Acquisition, Risk Management, Corporate Audit and Change Management executive roles at Bank of America during his 20 tenure.
Dan Kruger
Dan Kruger Chief Architect at Absio Corporation
Dan Martinez
Dan Martinez CIO at ProRodeo Cowboys Association
David Chou
David Chou CIO

David Chou, CIO

David Coker
David Coker Vice President of Business Informatics, Intelligent Software Solutions (ISS)

David Coker, Vice President of Business Informatics, Intelligent Software Solutions (ISS)

David leads ISS' transformation to a managed, planned, and repeatable DevOps infrastructure. ISS currently supports a wide range of customers requiring tailored solutions across a disparate set of technologies and provides a highly secure and flexible environment for rapid application development emphasizing cloud native tenets. Over the past 11 years, David has held several product and programmatic roles across the organization.
Dino Damalas
Dino Damalas Vice President & Chief Information Officer
Eric Rosenzweig
Eric Rosenzweig CIO at GardenFresh Restaurant Corp.

CIO at GardenFresh Restaurant Corp.

Frank Daidone
Frank Daidone CIO - City and County of Denver
Gabe Gabaldon
Gabe Gabaldon Chief Technology Officer, Intesource & PROACTIS Group

Gabe Gabaldon, Chief Technology Officer, Intesource & PROACTIS Group

As Chief Technology Officer for Intesource and the PROACTIS Group, Gabe is responsible for providing direction in all technology-related processes. Playing an integral role in setting the group's strategic direction, development & future growth, and positioning the company’s service offering as a leader in the Procurement market.
George Stragand
George Stragand VP of Application Development at OpenScan
James Garcia
James Garcia Director of Security at MainNerve
Jamie Tischart
Jamie Tischart Sr Director - Cloud Engineering, Operations & Research at Intel Security Group

Sr Director - Cloud Engineering, Operations & Research at Intel Security Group

Formerly: Sr Director - Cloud Engineering at McAfee
Jay Anderson
Jay Anderson CIO at ServiceNow

Jay Anderson, CIO at ServiceNow

Mr. Anderson oversees ServiceNow’s global IT strategy aligned with managing tremendous growth in employees, customers, partners and suppliers. Jay’s technical career spans leadership and executive roles in development, customer support, engineering, IT and manufacturing at industry leading companies including, Data Domain, Datrium, EMC, Pinnacle Systems and Hewlett Packard.
Jay Jesse
Jay Jesse President/CEO at Intelligent Software Solutions

President/CEO at Intelligent Software Solutions

Jay Jesse is the president and CEO of Intelligent Software Solutions (ISS). Based in Colorado Springs, ISS develops sophisticated data analytics, event analysis, pattern detection, mission planning, and mobile software to support a diverse government and commercial customer base. Jay was one of four original founders of the company 18 years ago and has overseen tremendous growth over that span. ISS now exceeds 100M in revenue. The company was recognized several years in a row by both INC 500 and Deloite & Touche for rapid growth.

Mr. Jesse also has been recognized for awards such as Celebrate Technology’s Entrepreneur of the Year and GTE’s Leslie H. Warner Excellence in Technology award. Jay has both a BS and MS in Computer Science. He enjoys playing volleyball, poker and yelling at the Denver Broncos.
John Dougherty
John Dougherty CIO at Viriton
Dr. Jonathan Reichental
Dr. Jonathan Reichental CIO, City of Palo Alto, CA

Dr. Jonathan Reichental, CIO, City of Palo Alto, CA

Dr. Jonathan Reichental, currently the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City of Palo Alto, is a multiple award-winning technology leader whose 25-year career has spanned both the private and public sectors. In 2013 he was recognized as one of the 25 doers, dreamers, and drivers in government in America. He also won a best CIO in Silicon Valley award and a national IT leadership prize. His innovative work in government has also been recognized by the White House. Dr. Reichental works with his teams to apply technology innovation in organizations to create new value and to enable work to be more meaningful and fun. He is a popular writer, including recently co-authoring The Apps Challenge Playbook and he is a frequent public speaker on a wide range of technology and business-related topics.
Judy Batenburg
Judy Batenburg Vice President of IT at Starz
Vice President of IT for Starz Entertainment
Keith Garner
Keith Garner Vice President of IT Services at REALTORS
Keith Worfolk
Keith Worfolk CTO at DTI Management

Keith Worfolk, CTO at DTI Management

Keith is a results-oriented senior IT executive with outstanding technology vision, business leadership credentials and a proven record of delivering highly effective IT solutions and services. Offering an exceptionally strong combination of thought leadership, business acumen, expert communications and organizational knowledge to fast-track business and market success. Keith is a strategic problem-solver and skilled evangelist who enjoys building high-performance teams to create measurable results and forward-looking solutions. He fosters a culture of achievement via empowerment and collaboration of cross-functional leadership.
Kelly Lovell
Kelly Lovell CEO of Lovell Corporation

Kelly Lovell - CEO, Social Entrepreneur, Youth Mobilizer, & Speaker

Youth Expert, Tech Startup Founder, CEO, Media Producer, and Motivational Speaker are just a few of the titles held by 12 time award-winning entrepreneur Kelly Lovell. Sought out by Fortune 500 professionals for her unique ability to mobilize leaders, Lovell is on a mission to bridge the gap between youth and business.
Kirk Bohn
Kirk Bohn Cloud Enablement Leader, Arrow Electronics

Kirk Bohn, Cloud Enablement Leader, Arrow Electronics

Kirk Bohn is currently the Global Cloud Enablement Services Leader for Arrow Electronics, driving strategic enablement programs with service providers. Previously, he served as a Cloud Solutions Architect responsible for cloud business development and planning in North America within Arrow. Kirk brings proven leadership and experience in alliances and partner strategy, as well as industry cloud knowledge to partners on a global basis. Kirk has held a number of support, consulting, operations and sales roles in a 21 year span at companies such as, Intelligent Electronics, Sun Microsystems and He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Oklahoma State University.
Mark Veyette
Mark Veyette Former CIO of Cricket Communications

CEO of Veyette Insights, LLC

Former CIO of Cricket Communications
Martin Pucher
Martin Pucher Founder and COO of Inspirato
Mike Ross
Mike Ross VP, Infrastructure & Operations at Outerwall
Rick McCoy
Rick McCoy CIO, Urban Lending Solutions

Rick McCoy, CIO, Urban Lending Solutions

I am a dynamic and visionary leader with a varied background demonstrating a progression of responsibility from Application Developer to CIO. This background has allowed me to achieve success in a multitude of environments both personally and at the department and corporate level. My diverse background and experience in all levels and areas of technology, spanning both application development and infrastructure, have afforded me the ability to build high performing, successful teams that work cohesively and efficiently. I have the ability to inspire both confidence and loyalty. In addition to functionally managing large groups of technical professionals, I’ve implemented a number of large scale enterprise – wide projects including the creation of the first data warehouse for state-level criminal justice agencies in the nation; creating a mobile application that allows citizens to review the status of civil cases; moving servers from physical to virtual concurrently with a move from one data center to another; and implementing a robust security stack in an organization requiring both PCI and HIPPA compliance. Finally, I’ve enhanced business performance while creating, enhancing and preserving the value of IT within unique organizations.
Salvatore T. “Tory” Bruno
Salvatore T. “Tory” Bruno President & CEO, United Launch Alliance (ULA)
Salvatore T. “Tory” Bruno is the president and chief executive officer for United Launch Alliance (ULA). In this role, Bruno serves as the principal strategic leader of the organization and oversees all business management and operations. Prior to joining ULA, he served as the vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin Strategic and Missile Defense Systems. The business is a leading provider of ballistic missile and ballistic missile defense systems, supporting U.S. Department of Defense customers, as well as the U.K. Royal Navy and Ministry of Defense. Programs included the Navy’s Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM), the Air Force’s Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Reentry Systems, and the Missile Defense Agency’s Terminal High Area Altitude Defense (THAAD), Targets and Countermeasures and CommonExoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV) Concept Definition. He also managed the corporation’s responsibilities in Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) Management Limited, a joint venture that produces and safely maintains the U.K.’s nuclear weapons. He is a former member of the board of directors of Lockheed Martin U.K. Ltd.
Shawn Henry
Shawn Henry President, CrowdStrike Services and CSO

President, CrowdStrike Services and CSO

As President of CrowdStrike Services, Shawn leads a world-class team of cybersecurity professionals who aggressively and effectively investigate and mitigate targeted attacks on computer networks. He retired as FBI Executive Assistant Director (EAD) in 2012, overseeing all criminal and cyber investigations worldwide, as well as international operations and the FBI’s critical incident response to major investigations and disasters. During his 24-year career, he held a wide range of operational and leadership roles in three FBI Field Offices and FBI-HQ.

Having served in multiple positions relating to cyber intrusions since 1999, Shawn was the Bureau’s outspoken top agent on cybersecurity issues, credited with boosting the FBI’s computer crime investigative capabilities. In addition to his last position as EAD, he served as both Deputy Assistant Director and Assistant Director of the Cyber Division at FBI Headquarters; Supervisor of the FIB Cyber Crime Squad in Baltimore; and Chief of the Computer Investigations Unit within the FBI-led National Infrastructure Protection Center.

During his tenure, Shawn oversaw major computer crime and cyber investigations spanning the globe, from denial-of-service attacks, to major bank and corporate breaches, to nation-state sponsored intrusions. Shawn led the establishment of the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force (NCIJTF), a multi-agency center led by the FBI, and forged partnerships domestically and international within governments and the private sector. Early in his cyber career, Shawn served on the U.S. delegation to the G8 as a member of the High-Tech Crimes Subgroup.

Shawn was an original member of, and key contributor to, the National Cyber Study Group, under the direction of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. This organization developed the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI), the U.S. government’s national strategy to mitigate threats and secure cyberspace.

Shawn has been a keynote speaker in some of the largest cyber conferences in venues around the world. His cyber expertise has been recognized by many media organizations and he has been featured on every major television network, including 60 Minutes; CBS Evening News; CNN; C-SPAN; Dateline; FOX News; Good Morning America; and The Today Show.

He has been interviewed extensively on radio and quoted in numerous print and online publications, including The Associated Press, Business Week, Forbes Magazine, The New York Times, Reuters, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.

Shawn’s professional achievements have been recognized throughout his career. In 2009, he received the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive for his leadership in enhancing the FBI’s cyber capabilities, and SC Magazine recognized him as one of the top industry pioneers who shaped the information security industry. In 2010 he was named one of the most influential people in security by Security Magazine; received the Federal 100 Award as a government leader who played a pivotal role in the federal government IT community; and was selected as cybercrime fighter of the year by McAfee Inc.
Sherri Hammons
Sherri Hammons CTO, IQNavigator

Sherri Hammons, CTO, IQNavigator

Technology executive with over 18 years experience managing technology assets, architecting technical solutions, and enabling technology and information to support, enhance and frame a broad range of corporate initiatives, both nationally and internationally. Provide leadership and direction for all areas of Information Technology including software development, product, communications, security, network infrastructure, cloud computing and help desk. Unique experience within merger and acquisition space, as well as helping technology companies go both public and private. Support other executives in understanding and using technology and information to gain market share, analyze competition, and optimize revenue opportunities. Over 12 years experience in the evaluation and technical due diligence for corporate merger and acquisitions. Expert in aligning business goals and objectives with technology and information solutions. Member of the executive team helping to define strategic goals and directing tactical solutions. National speaker on various topics.
Steve McIntosh
Steve McIntosh CIO Professional Services LLC / Former Interim CIO of TechSoup Global

Steve McIntosh, CIO Professional Services LLC / Former Interim CIO of TechSoup Global

Steve Wilkerson
Steve Wilkerson Sr. Director of Cloud Services at ViaWest
Suma Nallapati
Suma Nallapati Secretary of Technology & Chief Information Officer, State of Colorado - Governor's Office of Information Technology

Suma Nallapati, Secretary of Technology & Chief Information Officer, State of Colorado - Governor's Office of Information Technology

Sumana (Suma) Nallapati is an accomplished technology leader with experience in establishing and executing value-driven global IT service strategy and delivery. Her extensive experience includes leading technology driven innovation for business transformation, healthcare infrastructure operations, and global enterprise business applications. She is a “people” leader who builds high performance teams within multi-cultural, globally distributed workforce through mentoring, coaching and inspiration.

Appointed in June 2014 as Colorado’s Secretary of Technology and Chief Information Officer, Suma is committed to positioning the Governor’s Office of Information Technology as a leader in IT innovation for state government. A champion of collaboration, breaking silos and achieving excellence, she is passionate about innovating everyday solutions for customers.
Susan Bond
Susan Bond Systems Engineer & Project Leader

Systems Engineer & Project Leader

With over 20 years of experience in high tech, energy and industrial real estate sectors, Susan has delivered programs of up to $300M affecting ~$9B in revenue. Her focus is developing innovative solutions to complex problems and recently, socializing the cyber security challenges facing critical infrastructures. In 2016, she was elected to serve on the InfraGard Denver Board of Directors and welcomes any opportunity to collaborate on the challenges facing those concerned with today and tomorrow’s cyber security landscape.
Sylvie Veilleux
Sylvie Veilleux Vice President of IT at Mozilla
Tim Hays
Tim Hays Vice President of IT at Animal Health International
Tyler Allbritton
Tyler Allbritton Director, Data & Analytics Practice Lead at CenturyLink

Director, Data & Analytics Practice Lead at CenturyLink

Wes Caldwell
Wes Caldwell CTO at ISS

Wes Caldwell - CTO at ISS

Wes Caldwell is Chief Technical Officer of Intelligent Software Solutions (ISS). Based in Colorado Springs, ISS develops sophisticated data visualization, event analysis, pattern detection, mission planning, and mobile software to support a diverse government and commercial customer base. Wes is responsible for the strategic technical direction of ISS, providing leadership in the evolution of the company’s technology portfolio, to include cloud computing, analytics, enterprise architecture and big data. Wes has presented at various open-source conferences and summits related to enterprise integration, search, and big data.
Will Lassalle
Will Lassalle CIO at JLS Technology