SIM TechExec 2023

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

SIM 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!

Sponsored by:

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

SIM Workshop on Diversity Management

What Every Technology Leader Should Know About Diversity Management

Dr. 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 - 8:00 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. 

SIM TechExec 2023

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

SIM TechExec & TechServe Executive Summit: Opening & Welcome

Brandon Jones - CEO, Throughline

Dr. Quintin McGrath - Founder, QplusAI, LLC

Mark Taylor -  CEO, SIM

Mark Roberts - CEO, TechServe Alliance

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Opening Keynote


Samantha Radocchia, is a futurist, best-selling author, multimedia storyteller, and frontier tech pioneer who combines the mindsets of an anthropologist and a technologist.

Emergent technologies such as AI, Blockchains/Web 3, VR/AR, Metaverses, and Quantum Computing are ushering in the next radical shift in human, machine, and social evolution. This next revolution -- the quantum era, Industry 4.0, 5.0, 6.0 and beyond -- will impact every industry, both new and old.

Sam takes the audience on a journey from our past, present, and future operating systems, highlighting how in addition to a shift in technologies, we are experiencing a broader shift in mindset towards decentralization, which will change how we interact with each other and our environment. 

10:30 am - 11:30 am

SIM TechExec & TechServe Sponsor Supplier Showcase

SIM & TechServe’s valued suppliers will showcase their products and services that support the success of IT organizations and technology staffing firms. There will be opportunities to schedule private meetings with suppliers. 

11:30 am - 11:45 am

Transition Break

11:45 am - 12:45 pm

SIM General Session

Sponsored by:

CIO Insights: Real-World AI and Emerging Tech Use Cases

Panelists: Joan Holman - CIO, Barnes & Thornburg LLP
                   Rich Hook - EVP & CIO, Penske Automotive Group
                   Brian Shield - SVP, CTO, Boston Red Sox
                   Sallie Wright - Executive Counselor, Info-Tech Research Group  

Moderator: Julia Anderson - CTIO, Campbell Soup Company  

Discover the transformative potential of AI and emerging technologies as a panel of accomplished CIOs share their compelling use cases and success stories. In this engaging session, these visionary leaders will unveil groundbreaking innovations that have driven business growth, optimized operations, and revolutionized customer experiences. Gain firsthand insights into their strategies, challenges, and outcomes, and learn how they have navigated the complexities of deploying AI and emerging technologies responsibly. From leveraging machine learning and predictive analytics for enhanced customer insights to streamlining operations through robotic process automation and natural language processing, these CIOs will showcase the practical applications and tangible results of their AI initiatives. Join us to learn from these industry trailblazers, gather actionable insights, and be inspired to leverage AI and emerging technologies to shape the future of your organization.

12:25 pm - 12:45 pm

** Session has been postponed until Q1 2024**
SIM General Session 

Intelligent Infrastructure: Shaping Technology Leadership

Jeff DeCoux -  Chairman, Autonomy Institute
Mark Taylor - CEO, SIM National

Join us for a dynamic interview featuring Mark Taylor, CEO of the Society for Information Management, and Jeff DeCoux, Chairman of the Autonomy Institute, as they explore the transformative impact of Intelligent Infrastructure and how it enables the 21st century economy. Intelligent Infrastructure goes well beyond transportation and will be the brains of our economy. Enabling autonomous systems, providing advanced city services, resilient and carbon-free economies, and most important; securing data for people, cities, and governments. As information and compute explode at the edge from IoT sensors, new applications, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and robotics it will require industry leaders to foster new business models and policies to ensure ethical implementation. Don't miss this opportunity to stay ahead in the ever-evolving world of technology leadership and unlock the potential of Intelligent Infrastructure and autonomous systems.

12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Executive Women’s Lunch

Panelists: Angela Alberty - Founder & Chief Business Officer, MyBasePay
                   Monica Dominic - Chief Client Officer, Proteam Solutions Inc (PSI)
                   Susan Malisch - Senior Vice President, CIO, American Medical Association

Moderator: Lesley Vickrey - Founder, ClearEdge

A must-attend networking event that brings together executive women leaders from both TechServe Alliance and SIM. 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 TechServe attendees and subject matter experts that can give you clear takeaways and actionable ideas. 

Explore the Topics!

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Transition Break

2:15 pm - 3:00 pm

SIM General Session

Leveraging the Power of SIM Interest Groups: A Discussion on Generative AI

Panelists: Anu Ganesh - SIM Enterprise Architecture SIG
                   Blake Holman - SIM DigiRisk, SIG
                   Dr. Quintin McGrath - SIM ReThinkEverything! SIG
                   Caren Shiozaki - SIM DigiRisk SIG

Moderator: Bill Waas - SIM Work 4.0 SIG

Join our panel of SIM Interest Group (SIG) Leaders from DigiRisk, Enterprise Architecture, ReThink Everything!, and SIM Work 4.0 as they discuss the pivotal role SIGs play in SIM. Discover strategies to engage your teams with SIGs and their working groups, and learn how to prepare your organization for the AI revolution.

In this session, delve into the essence of SIGs, their significance in SIM, and the power they hold to drive innovation. Explore their approach to Generative AI and gain insights on what your organization needs to do to embrace AI effectively. This discussion promises to inspire and empower your journey into the future of SIM and AI.

3:05 pm - 3:15 pm

SIM General Session

Silver Sponsor Interview 

Sagar Pelaprolu - CEO & Co-Founder, Sage IT
Mark Taylor - CEO, SIM National

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Transition Break

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

General Session - AI Panel

AI and its Implications for the Future of Recruiting and Work

Panelists: Swaroop Reddy - CIO, Omnicom Precision Marketing Group
                    Dr. Chrissann Ruehle - Provost Faculty Fellow for AI, Management Faculty, Florida
                                                               Gulf Coast University
                    Peter Vogel - Lawyer, Vogel IT Law
                    Kip Wright - Chairman, INSPYR Solutions                        

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.

6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Margaritaville - Technology Leaders Connect Reception

Surf, Sand, and Salt, Salt, Salt Surrounds Us in "Margaritaville"

 A homage to the great Jimmy Buffet, join us for fun, food, and drinks in "Margaritaville." All "Parrotheads" invited to enjoy a Jimmy Buffet inspired menu, drink and entertainment under the stars providing exceptional networking opportunities with technology staffing leaders, CIOs and CTOs. Dress in your best Parrothead attire! 

9:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Nightcap Reception - Lobby Bar


SIM TechExec 2023

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Networking Breakfast

8:00 am - 9:00 am

SIM Chapter Leaders Breakfast

9:00 am - 9:15 am


Mark Taylor - CEO, SIM National

Mark Roberts -  CEO, TechServe Alliance

9:15 am - 10:30 am

SIM TechExec & 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 - 11:30 am 

SIM General Session

Fostering Innovation & Empowering Technology Leadership

Jay Bailey - President & CEO, Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs
Dougan Sherwood - Executive Director, Global Center for Cybersecurity at Cortex

Discover how cities are becoming hotbeds of entrepreneurship and innovation in this inspiring session led by Innovation District Leaders. Gain insights into the strategies employed by cities to nurture startup ecosystems and drive innovation. Learn how leadership is aimed at fostering innovative thinking and breaking through the limitations of SaaS application implementations. Walk away with practical insights, tools, and frameworks to infuse innovation into your technology landscape and drive transformative change. Don't miss this opportunity to explore the power of cities as catalysts of innovation and unlock your potential as a technology leader.

11:35 am - 11:45 am

SIM General Session

Silver Sponsor Interview

Pankaj Bhandari - President & Global Head of Client Services & Partnerships, Mindsprint
Mark Taylor - CEO, SIM National


11:45 am - 12:00 pm 

Transition Break

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.

Explore the Topics

Sponsored by:

1:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Transition Break

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

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

Panelists: Joe Bruhin - CIO, Breakthru Beverage
                   John Manzanares - CIO, Curaleaf
                   Bruce Morton - Head of Strategy, Allegis Global Solutions
                   Amy Schulz - Sr. Director Global Procurement, Hallmark Cards, Inc. 

Moderators: Mark Taylor- CEO, SIM National
                         Mark Roberts - CEO, TechServe Alliance            

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 - 2:30 pm

Transition Break

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

SIM General Session
Guardians of the Data Security Galaxy - Navigating the Landscape with Early-Stage Startups 

Speakers: Kevin Gray - CIO, City of Burbank, CA
                    Liat Hayun - Co-Founder & CEO, Eureka Security
                    Amir Khayat - Co-Founder & CEO, Vorlon Security         
Moderator: Sue Bergamo - CIO & CISO, BTE Partners, LLC   

Data security is a formidable challenge for most organizations today. With the risk of data breaches lurking around every corner, it’s important to make sure your data is secured and that there is an understanding of the intricacies of safeguarding your company's sensitive information.

Join us for a thought-provoking panel discussion on how organizations are grappling with data issues and the gaps that often emerge during the process. We'll explore the typical anatomy of a data breach, emphasizing the risks, frequency, and the importance of understanding privilege escalations. These concise and inspiring presentations will leave you informed, motivated, and ready to embrace new possibilities.

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Transition Break

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

SIM, ITPWG & TechServe Closing General Session

Stories We Want to Live In

Hannah Harvey, PhD  

Stories are the most invisibly powerful tools you already own. Use this tool to unlock and discover how even small stories can drive big decisions.  Entertaining stories have the power to grip and entice us, deeply influencing the culture of your workplace and your employees’ relationships with potential clients.

A persuasive story paints a richly detailed scene that your audience wants to live inside: it’s the difference between saying “we deliver great service,” and drawing on your experiences to shape compact, vivid, gripping images of relationships that clients will want to step into and a workplace culture that employees will want to sustain.

Experience, and discover the “why” and “how” behind, the stories that move us, with nationally known storyteller Hannah Harvey, as we hear and unmask what’s behind some of the world’s most lasting, meaningful, and indeed lucrative, stories.  

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 and TechServe teams on the insights gleaned and new connections made.