Learn how CIOs are positioning their companies to meet today’s challenges and tomorrow’s opportunities – and how can you do the same! Hear directly from a panel of distinguished CIOs and get the “insider” scoop on how to stay current with technological advances and security threats as they share best practices, challenges, and perspectives on innovation.
Bob Toupin is a 20 year IT veteran and currently is the Chief Information Officer at BlueLinx Corporation in Atlanta. BlueLinx is a $2 Billion wholesale distributor of building products with operations across 51 North American locations with 2000 employees. Bob has held numerous IT leadership roles managing corporate, operational, and financial systems. During his 9 month tenure at BlueLinx Bob has reduced IT expenses by $1.7M, restructured the IT organization, and improved the customer experience. For 2014 he is focused on system consolidation, cloud computing, implementing a new Ecommerce platform. Prior to BlueLinx, Bob was CIO of Paperworks Industries in Philadelphia for 3 years after a 12 year tenure at RockTenn Company in Norcross. Bob is a certified Six Sigma Greenbelt and Blackbelt and received his Executive MBA from the Terry College of Business in 2008.
CIO & VP
Asbury Automotive Group
Mr. Barry Cohen serves as Vice President and Chief Information Officer. Mr. Cohen joined Asbury as Director of IT Enterprise Services in January 2011. Prior to joining Asbury, Mr. Cohen was the Vice President of Information Technology for Wells Real Estate Fund, which raised and managed more then $12 billion in real estate investments for more than 250,000 investors. Previously, he was Managing Principal Consultant for Oracle Corporation, a Fortune 500 company. Mr. Cohen is the recipient of multiple awards in his field and community including: Institute of Data Warehousing Best Management Practices, Presidents Award from Blue Cross Blue Shield of GA, Computer World Top 100 IT Professionals and Metro Atlanta YMCA Volunteer of the year. Mr. Cohen earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer and Information Sciences and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Augusta State University. In 2010 he completed the Emerging Leader Academy program at Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia.
Sr. Vice President & CIO
Gwinnett Medical Center
Patty Lavely provides the business leadership and vision for the strategic development, successful implementation and management of information resources and technology in alignment with the mission, values, goals and business objective of the Gwinnett Health System. Responsibilities include planning, development, implementation, maintenance and continuing enhancement of all hardware and software for the Gwinnett Health System including successful implementation of the EMR. Provides strategic leadership of systems’s Information Security Program. As a member of the Senior Management Team, the Sr. Vice President, Information Services formulates plans for maximizing the use of information technology in support of business objectives. Chairs the Information Management Planning Council. Participates with Senior Management in a proactive manner to develop plans for the organization through effective use of the information to ensure that information resources and services are in place to support established business plans.
Dr. Ken Morse
CTO, Connected Devices
Cisco Systems, Inc.
During the more than 32 years Dr. Ken Morse has been involved in software and hardware development, he has co-founded four companies in the digital video and entertainment space. In his current role as CTO, Connected Devices for Cisco Systems, Inc., Dr. Morse is responsible for ensuring that the company maintains its digital video, data and voice leadership position by driving the embracement of new technologies, architectures and product categories for in-home service provider devices. Prior to this role, he was CTO for SP Video Technology Group.
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