30th Annual

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Hilton Memphis

Interactive Breakout Sessions

Innovation, Leadership, Agility
Enterprise, Architecture, Hybrid Storage
Security, Infrastructure, & More!

Invaluable Networking Opportunities

Network, Connect &
Reconnect with Colleagues

Community Giveback

$500,000 to date

$43,337 in 2015

Celebrating Local Charities,
Content & Community Outreach

Local IT Attendees
Companies Participated
In Giveback To Date!
In Giveback In 2015 Alone

Organized by: SIM Memphis

Our Vision: To be recognized as the community that is most preferred by IT leaders for delivering vital knowledge that creates business value and enables personal development.

The Memphis Chapter strives to bring all the above benefits close to home. Our membership is comprised of the most experienced IT leaders in the Memphis community. Through our monthly presentations by fellow top practitioners, industry leaders, and recognized experts in information technology, we offer our members an opportunity to establish peer contacts with whom critical managerial, technical issues, and common concerns can be discussed. The result is access to both local and international perspectives, continuing professional development and an elite network of peer resources.

Learn More Memphis Chapter Portfolio

Advisory Board Members

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Bill Barnes

Director of IT
FTN Financial

Michael Boyd

Executive Director, CIO
Southwest Tennessee Community College

Jana Branham

ACH Food Companies

Patti Brown

Evergreen Packaging

Steve Crocker

SVP Information Systems
Magna Bank

Ahmed Esmail

The Conrad Pearson Clinic

Aaron Goodwin

Wunderlich Securities

John Green

Baker Donelson

Robert Jackson

Interim CIO
University of Memphis

Bob Johnson

VP of IS
Rhodes College

John Lewis

Semmes Murphey

Bruce Livesay

First Horizon National Corporation

Rickey McCauley

East Arkansas Family Health Center

Mark McMath

Methodist Healthcare

Jarrett Morgan

Director of IT
Memphis International Airport

Kevin Morgan

Hampton Owner Support
Hilton Worldwide

Keith Perry

St Jude

Rick Pride

CIO Services Group

Jim Sanders


Joe Sanders

Memphis Housing Authority

Josh Siddon

Director of Technical Services
Fred's Inc

Vickie Smith

Helena Chemical

Jay Tomasello

Director Enterprise Architecture

Joel Tracy


Dick Vandenberg

Interim CIO
Tri-State Bank of Memphis

Bob Wenker

VP and CIO
International Paper


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7:30am - | Attendee Check-In: Breakfast Buffet Served

Breakfast Menu

8:20am - Room | Welcome Message


8:30am - Room | A Company of Owners: Maximizing Employee Engagement

Daren Martin

PhD and Author

Lack of employee engagement is the biggest challenge facing business owners and leaders today. Daren Martin delivers proven insights and solutions he uses to create ownership cultures in some of the biggest companies in the world. Using insights gleaned from years helping companies and coaching leaders, Dr. Martin teaches company leaders how to turn team members into owners. He will describe why employee engagement is so low at many companies, and what you can do to maximize it at yours.  He will also touch on Company Culture Killers as well as how to Act Like an Owner and become indispensable to any organization or company.

9:15am - | Networking Break
9:45am - | Breakout Sessions
9:45am - Tenessee D | Memphis Zone Regional Economic Overview

Douglas Scarboro

VP and Regional Executive
Federal Reserve Bank - Memphis Branch

Douglas will discuss economic conditions for the Memphis Zone of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis which includes Northern Mississippi, Western Tennessee and Eastern Arkansas. During the talk particular attention will be paid to labor markets, manufacturing/transportation and banking/finance. This talk will include a session for Q and A.

9:45am - Tennessee E | Challenges of Innovation

Mark Parmenter

Director of IT
International Paper

Mohan Sankararaman

SVP, Deputy CIO
First Horizon National Corporation

Jay Tomasello

Director Enterprise Architecture
FedEx Services

Innovation is critical for organizations in a world driven by globalization, competition and technology.  CIO’s consistently rank innovation as one of their critical success factors.  How do organizations define innovation?  What are the essential ingredients necessary to create a culture of innovation?  How are innovative projects being funded? Find out how CIO’s are addressing these and other challenges.

9:45am - Promenade 1| Disasters - A Need for Three-Dimensional Thinking
sponsored by C Spire

Richard Dolewski


Disasters are real and can be deadly to both your Business and your Family.  Devastating regional events highlight the need for all us to be better prepared.  3D thinking MUST include emergency preparedness for your business (BCM -  Business Continuity Management),  Data Center (DRP – Disaster Recovery Planning) and for your family (Home Emergency Plan).  This session examines actual regional disasters and a time-tested approach helping enterprises stay in business and keeping families safe.

10:30am - | Networking Break
11:00am - | Breakout Sessions
11:00am - Tenessee D | The Principles of War Applied to IT

Jonathan Etheridge

CRMC Hospital

When it comes to strategic planning, operational control, and resource management, IT organizations have a lot to learn from the Principles of War of the U.S. Armed Forces. The IT industry is lacking a set of universal principles for how to create a unifying vision, deploy resources to solve problems, and achieve strategic objectives. Attendees will learn about the insights that can be gleaned from the Principles of War, and how to use them as a guideline for critical-thinking and decision-making in all facets of strategic IT leadership.

11:00am - Tennessee E | Enabling and Leading in an Analytics Driven Organization

Mark Crayton

US Navy, Retired

Arika Payne

Director of IT
FedEx Services

Organizations are embracing data analytics to provide insight for better business decisions and forecasts. The role of the CIO is critical to enable this effort, which requires specific leadership and technical competencies for success.  Learn about the challenges and opportunities CIO’s face as the world of analytics matures.

11:00am - Promenade 1 | Strategy in Information Technology

Robin Poston

Associate Professor
University of Memphis

This talk discusses theories of the firm and their strategies especially as they related to information technology. In this interactive session you will be encouraged to think about the purpose of strategic thinking, what this means to your company, and how IT plays a role in making strategies work. Various alternatives to strategic thinking will be covered and applied to business examples.

11:00am - Promenade 2 | The Case for Arista Network Devices

Daniel Albaugh

Manager of Network Services
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s network is based around Cisco network gear. Switches, routers wireless and VPN devices are all Cisco appliances. In an effort to make sure UTHSC is using the right equipment to fit our needs, we've been evaluating Arista network devices for use in certain cases on our network. I'll talk about why we're using them and how they are doing. (Spoiler alert: they're working out quit well!)

11:45am - Hot Lunch Buffet Served

Lunch Menu

12:30pm - Room | SIM - Community Outreach


1:00pm - | Networking Break
1:30pm - | Breakout Sessions
1:30pm - Tennessee D | Datacenter Virtualization and Management
sponsored by Nimble Storage

Josh Siddon

Director of Technical Services
Fred's Inc

Server virtualization and high availability across geographically dispersed data centers are common in data center deployments today. In order to meet increasing workloads and to support disaster recovery, location independence for server resources and the flexibility to move these resources from one data center to another is required.

This session will review how Fred’s Inc. built an architecture that addresses these challenges and how the Nimble Storage platform has played a key role. The session will detail how Fred’s leveraged this platform to begin their data center convergence project.

1:30pm - Tennessee E | How To Be Relevant and Heard

Keith Perry

St Jude Children's Research Hospital

Doug McGowen

Chief Operating Officer
City of Memphis

How do you drive technology to the C-Suite?  How do you effectively communication to them?  Learn from this panel of CEO’s as they describe what they want to hear from IT leadership and what gets their attention. 

1:30pm - Promenade 1 | Large Capital Project Deployments – Our Success Story

Debbie Miller, PMP, MBA

Project Manager

Deploying a new website is an exciting marketing strategy for any company. We will share some of our best practices that made our new website deployment very successful.

1:30pm - Promenade 2 | Social Engineering

Wendy Sanderson

Manager, IS Awareness and Compliance Global Information Security
International Paper

Social engineering is evolving so rapidly that technology solutions, security policies, and procedures are not enough. Hackers continue to manipulate employees into giving away “secrets” by using old fashioned con-artist techniques with a technology flair.  Many victims unknowingly reveal the sensitive information needed to bypass security. Proactively fostering a culture of security awareness within your company is one of the most important ways you can mitigate the risk of social engineering.

2:15pm - | Networking Break
2:30pm - | Breakout Sessions
2:30pm - Tennessee D | Wearable Devices: Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge (MD2K)

Dr Santosh Kumar

Professor and Lillian Morrie Moss Chair of Excellence
The University of Memphis

Center of Excellence on Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge (http://md2k.org) is 12-university national big data-to-knowledge (BD2K) center (headquartered at Memphis) funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH) to advance the science of Mobile Health (mHealth) Big Data. MD2K has developed an open-source mobile software platform that can be used to collect, analyze, visualize, and interpret high-frequency mobile sensor data for managing health and wellness.

2:30pm - Tennessee E | Cybersecurity: Build CEO, Executive and Audit Committee Confidence, Knowledge and Support

Dave Pekol

Sr Manager IT, System Services
ACH Food Companies

Jennifer Cole


Gene Bandy

The Juice Plus Company, LLC

Cybersecurity is becoming a top of mind topic for many executives driven by media coverage, high profile breaches and regulatory pressures. IT leaders must respond to educate their peers and share their action plans to build confidence and gain continued support. The panelists will share what they are doing at their organizations as well as lessons learned.

3:15pm - | Networking Break
3:30pm - Room | Keynote Introduction


3:35pm - Room | Last Man Down: A Fireman's Story

Richard Picciotto

Chief and Highest Ranking Firefighter to Survive the World Trade Center Collapse

In a presentation modeled after his best-selling book, Last Man Down, FDNY Chief Richard Picciotto offers a tribute to the lives that were lost on September 11, 2001. His recount is not one of death and destruction, but a celebration of life and its unpredictable nature. Picciotto offers an eyewitness account of the defining historical event of our lives; his story is that of a man, a hero, and a tragic event that inspired a nation.

4:25pm - Room | Closing Remarks


4:30pm - Networking Reception

Enjoy this complimentary cocktail reception featuring an open bar, hors d’oeuvres and conversation. Make this an important element of your attendance to the Summit. The ability to network and collaborate with your peers in an open and no-hype environment will prove to provide long lasting value to your key business initiatives moving forward.



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Additional Sponsors

Lanyard Sponsor
Breakfast Sponsor
Lunch Sponsor
WiFi Sponsor

Event Venue

Directions & Information Below


939 Ridge Lake Blvd • Memphis, TN 38120 • ph. 901-684-6664


Self Parking (Complimentary)
Valet Parking $9.00 (daily taxes included)

From I-240 either East or West, take the Germantown/Poplar exit 15A East (Highway 72). Once on Poplar Ave, prepare for a left hand turn. Turn left at first traffic light onto Ridgeway Loop Road. Stay in the left hand lane until you turn left at second traffic light onto Ridge Lake Blvd. The hotel will be straight ahead on the left hand side. 


Upon arrival to Memphis International Airport, please call the Hilton Memphis from the hotel phone kiosk or directly at 901-684-6664. Advise the agent you require transportation from the airport, as well as the airline you are traveling on. Exit the airport near baggage claim and proceed to the Hotel sign outside baggage claim. The Hilton Memphis complimentary shuttle will depart on the hour(by request), between the hours of 6am and 10pm. Shuttle schedules subject to change during inclement weather.

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