IT Procurement Working Group 

8:30 am - 2:30 pm

SIM Foundation Golf Tournament

Mark Taylor, SIM CEO, invites you to join him for a round of golf benefiting the SIM Foundation at the Golf Club of Amelia Island. This tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 AM. Tournament fee includes a boxed lunch and a donation to the SIM Foundation. Designed by PGA Tour veteran Mark McCumber and legendary golfer Gene Littler in 1987, this award-winning 18-hole, par 72 golf course has been recognized worldwide as one of the Top Golf Resorts by Conde Nast Traveler and as one of the Best Places to Play by Golf Digest. Cost is $225/person. 

To register, click HERE.

8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Alternate Activity - Fort Clinch / Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach Bike Tour 

For those who are not interested in golf, we invite you to participate in the alternate activity. Pedal your way under Amelia Island’s canopy oak paths by Victorian-era homes, stepping back in time to a place once forgotten on an Amelia Island Bike Tour. Starting at Fort Clinch State Park and then proceeding to the 50-block historic district of Downtown Fernandina Beach and its modern-day shrimping industry characteristics, this 2.5 hour bike tour will have you step back in time to a place once forgotten. You will uncover the truths and mysteries of the Isle of Eight Flags that date back to the 1500s, the colorful tales, and local legends while pedaling your way along Amelia Island. Cost is $135/person & includes transportation to and from the bike tour. Limited spots available. 

To register, click HERE.

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Registration Open - Registration & Hospitality 

After a long day of travel, swing by the registration desk to check-in and grab your name badge and conference materials. Take a deep breath, you’ve arrived!

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

SIM Workshop on Diversity Management 

What Every Technology Leader Should Know About Diversity Management

James O. Rodgers - Founder & CEO, The Diversity Coach  

Whatever you thought you knew about diversity management and inclusion, be prepared to think again. Diversity management pioneer, Dr. James Rodgers, has an intention to “promote the commercial value of diversity and apply it to every member of a team.” 

Participants will be invited to learn that:
1.    Diversity leaders must first be leaders.
2.    Identity is not a competence.
3.    Dispassion, logic, and relationships are keys to success.
4.    It’s important to define terms and keep it simple.
5.    Diversity management is a relationship and performance discipline.
6.    We need a unified purpose, principle, definition, and intention for diversity management.
7.    Who should lead DEI? Not who you think.

Much of the accepted dogma of D&I is not effective nor is it sustainable. Based on thirty years of observation as well recent empirical research, Dr. Rodgers will invite you to rethink the intent, the approach, and the attitudes about D&I so that it benefits everyone and produces tangible commercial value. This will be a facilitated learning session rather than instruction.

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Welcome to SIM TechExec 2023: Reception

Let the networking begin! Join us as we kick-off the conference by catching up with old friends and maybe make some new friends too. Enjoy light refreshments and a beverage or two while taking in the stunning ocean views of Amelia Island!

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Friends of SIM Foundation Reception 

Join us for an unforgettable evening at the Friends of the SIM Foundation Reception where we blend exquisite flavors and meaningful connections. Delight your palate with a private tasting of the renowned Ritz Carlton Amelia Island "First Call" daily bourbon infusion, a rare treat for bourbon enthusiasts. Passed appetizers and additional drinks will be available. Don't miss this unique opportunity to network with fellow attendees and contribute to a good cause! Your participation not only promises a memorable evening but also supports the mission of the SIM Foundation. Cost per ticket is $200. Limited spots available!

To register, click HERE

9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Nightcap Reception - Lobby Bar

The night is young, and the conference has just begun! Join us in the lobby bar to keep those conversations going with your friends and peers in a relaxed environment. 

IT Procurement Working Group 

7:00 am - 8:00 am

Sunrise Yoga  

Join us for a rejuvenating sunrise yoga session led by SIM Foundation Chair and certified yoga instructor, Nanci Schimizzi! With a minimum donation to the SIM Foundation of $25, you can start your day with tranquility and serenity as you flow through gentle yoga poses while being enveloped by the soothing sounds of crashing waves and the soft embrace of the golden morning sun.

To register, click HERE.

7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Registration Desk Open

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Networking Breakfast

9:00 am - 9:30 am


Mark Taylor - CEO, SIM National

Mark Roberts -  CEO, TechServe Alliance

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Opening Keynote

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Use of ChatGPT in Procurement - Training

Speaker: Koorosh Dehghan, Esq - Marriott International Director, Global HR Contracts Management and Governance (GHR CM&G)

With the explosion of generative AI, learn how to utilize ChatGPT in procurement to conduct research, analyze spend data, and communicate more effectively with suppliers.

11:30 am - 11:45 am

Transition Break

11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Focused Facilitated Roundtable: AI Impact on IT Contracts in 2023

Speaker: Peter S. Vogel, PC - Attorneys & Counselors at Law

AI has moved into the IT world including using Blockchain for Supply Chain and Smart Contracts.  IT contracts are now online terms & click agreements, so it is imperative that IT professionals understand what they need to negotiate.  Other important topics IT professional need to understand include Machine Learning, Big Data, Robotic Process Automation, and the future.

12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Executive Women’s Lunch

A must-attend networking event that brings together executive women leaders from SIM, ITPWG and TechServe. Hear personal and professional stories of triumph and participate in roundtable hot topic discussions. 

12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Networking Roundtable Lunch

Networking lunch with SIM, ITPWG, and TechServe attendees and subject matter experts that can give you clear takeaways and actionable ideas. 

Topics to be shared soon!

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

How AI is Changing Contracts

Speaker: Beverly Rich, J.D., Ph.D. - Assistant Professor, Dept. of Entrepreneurship & Strategy, David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah

Many companies struggle to develop and maintain contracts in an effective, efficient manner. But the rising popularity of AI contracting software has the potential to improve how all firms contract in three important ways: First, it can change the tools firms use to contract. Second, it can influence the content of contracts. Finally, it can improve the processes by which firms develop and execute contracts. These new technologies have the potential to significantly reduce the manpower required to manage both contracts themselves and the entire contracting process, adding significant value to the entire organization.

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

General Session - AI Panel 

AI and its Implications for the Future of Recruiting and Work

Panelists: Peter Vogel - Lawyer, Vogel IT Law

Moderator: Dr. Quintin McGrath - Founder, QplusAI, LLC             

Moderated by a leading authority on Artificial Intelligence, our panel of thought leaders from a variety of backgrounds will do a deep dive into the opportunities and potential disruptive force of AI on the recruitment process and the world of work. The panel will engage in a multi-faceted exploration including:

  • What is the real potential of AI? How are companies employing It?
  • What are the effects on jobs and recruiting? How should we respond?
  • In what ways is IT being disrupted by AI? How can the IT Leader be the organization’s AI champion?
  • What benefits does AI bring to procurement? How can we leverage them?
  • What are the legal, moral, and ethical challenges with AI?

Join us for this compelling discussion which will provide a framework for technology leaders, procurement professionals and staffing executives to think about the emerging technological revolution that has the potential to transform the future.

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

ITPWG Private Reception

6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Technology Leaders Connect Reception

Enjoy a night of fun, fine food, drink and entertainment under the stars providing exceptional networking opportunities with other CIOs, CTOs, and technology staffing leaders.

9:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Nightcap Reception - Lobby Bar


IT Procurement Working Group 

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Networking Breakfast

8:00 am - 9:00 am

SIM Chapter Leaders Breakfast

9:15 am - 10:30 am

SIM TechExec, ITPWG & TechServe Alliance - General Session
Prospering Throughout All Phases of Economic Cycle

Alan Beaulieu, Economist, CEO & Founder, ITR 

With a reputation for the amazing accuracy of his forecasts delivered with a wry sense of humor, economist Alan Beaulieu, will share his insights on the state of the economy during these turbulent times.  Most importantly, he will offer suggestions on how to use these insights on preparing for the future.  

10:30 am - 10:45 am

Transition Break

10:45 am - 12:00 pm 

ITPWG Roundtable Session

Our popular member roundtable collaboration session which allows each member to share current and future projects; contract and relationship opportunities, challenges, predictions, and cautions- all helping to unlock success by leveraging procurement best practices.  This is a highly collaborative discussion that focuses on software licensing, professional services, hardware, Cloud, AI and, most importantly, generating connections with likeminded people who are up against the same market driven pressures.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

SIM, ITPWG & TechServe Networking Roundtable Lunch

Join industry experts and thought leaders over lunch for facilitated discussions of specific issues confronting technology staffing firms. Come away with actionable ideas, takeaways and solutions.

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

IT Leaders, Staffing Executives & IT Procurement Professionals Speak 
Panel of CIOs, Staffing Leaders, and IT Procurement Professionals

Moderators: Mark Taylor- CEO, SIM National

                         Mark Roberts - CEO, TechServe Alliance

Panelists:       TBD             

In this candid discussion moderated by the leaders of Society for Information Management, TechServe Alliance, and ITPWG, CIOs, IT staffing executives, and IT Procurement Professionals will share their perspective on current trends impacting both those who employ and supply technical talent.  From a pullback in budgets in some sectors, ongoing talent shortages in many skill sets, to the impact of AI, the panel will attempt to make sense of dynamic economic, talent and technology landscape.

2:15 pm - 4:45 pm

ITPWG Roundtable Session

Our popular member roundtable collaboration session which allows each member to share current and future projects; contract and relationship opportunities, challenges, predictions, and cautions- all helping to unlock success by leveraging procurement best practices.  This is a highly collaborative discussion that focuses on software licensing, professional services, hardware, Cloud, AI and, most importantly, generating connections with likeminded people who are up against the same market driven pressures.

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

SIM, ITPWG & TechServe Closing General Session

4:45 pm - 6:00 pm

Closing Reception & Reflections

Join us for a farewell reception over cocktails and light refreshments to reflect with industry leaders, colleagues and the SIM, ITPWG, and TechServe teams on the insights gleaned and new connections made.