CIO Leadership Forum
Vision/Purpose: To establish a local learning community of CIO’s by hosting a safe and pressure-free setting where they can collaborate on best practices, challenges and lessons learned.
Communication: When you need to communicate IT & Security Risks to your CEO or board, what strategies do you employ that allow you to be transparent without appearing incompetent?
Management: With 30-35% of your IT organization’s employees changing seats each year how do you move beyond maintaining performance objectives to innovation that helps drive your organization to increasing success?
Collaboration: Do you have a “go-to-person” when you are stumped? Do you have a community of other CIOs you trust to share their knowledge and experience for the betterment of your organization?
Why go it alone?
Join a vTECH io CIO Leadership Forum today
- By invitation only
- No cost to participate
- No selling or buying!
- Membership driven agenda
- We start and end on time
- Listen – “Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood” – Covey
- Agree to keep discussion topics confidential
Gathering around some good food and drinks is a great way to connect with people! In attending CIO Forum lunches with vTech, I have met and connected with technology business leaders from the greater Cleveland/Akron area who share similar challenges in a variety of environments. The mix of business and pleasure makes for an effective time to both chat about the weather and brainstorm technology solutions in one get-together. Highly recommended! Thanks, Jon! Chad Chad R. Voller, MCP, PMP, ITIL Bober Markey Fedorovich
As the CIO at a private school, I see a wide spectrum of technical opportunities and challenges on a daily basis. Sharing these events with my contemporaries in a relaxed, yet productive environment allows me to think through and process resolutions, resulting in less stress for me, and happier, more protected workers. Sam Lindsay, MSIS Director of Technology Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School
I do see these CIO forum as beneficial. It enables me to connect and learn from other CIO’s in the area. Topics include: hurricane lessons learned, resourcing challenges, lesson learned on new technologies, etc. I found this latest one where we highlighted security and brought our CSO very beneficial. I really look forward to the next one where we will talk about the European laws and impact to USA companies. I belong to Gartner, but that medium doesn’t address our locally geographic items. Regards Donna Slyster CIO, Saddlecreek Logistics
I have thoroughly enjoyed the CIO meeting’s. It’s great to hear from other people about the problems they are experiencing and discuss solutions. The times when we had speakers, were always very informative. I have used things that I’ve learned in the meetings, to help at various job sites. Greg Schroeder Breakfree Technologies
The CIO forum is one of the only local groups where I can engage other senior leaders and talk about the challenges we all face. We can discuss products and our experiences with them and have a frank interchange of ideas and perspectives and there’s never any sales pressure. Barry Axelrod CISSP Chief Information Security Officer 21st Century Oncology
“Nice informal small luncheon from various industries having a conversation regarding new and trending technology, and the ever evolving best practices, and yes, some times we solve someone’s problem. I always have a take away of some sort.” Harold Schomaker, CGCIO | Information Technology Director/CIO City of Largo, Florida
“The CIO Forum continues to provide an excellent environment for local leaders to interact in a stress-free environment. After each forum I come away with innovative ideas that drive me to become a better leader.” Thank You, Jason Ricci IS Manager Johns Eastern
“I am honored to be a part of the VTechIO CIO Forum lunches. It is energizing to share stories with my peers in the Cincinnati market. We get a chance to share best-practices in many IT disciplines and share information about product, services, and vendors that we’ve all engaged with. I specifically found a simulated Phising technology that others in the forum were using and have since deployed it in our enterprise. I look forward to the next event.” BRIAN L. BROWN VP, Information Technology Services Mike Albert Fleet Solutions Cincinnati • Ohio • 45241
The CIO forum lunches have provided a means to speak to other local area CIOs to gain some perspective on software/vendors/processes they use and some of their successes and pains and how they relate to my company and myself. Since I’ve joined this group I’ve had some outside conversations with a couple of the members and have even joined a couple of other groups that they have recommended. The other value I have received is building a relationship with Jon and VTechio vs. a standard salesperson and customer relationship. I highly recommend this forum for other cities and states. Greg Frimming INNOMARK | Director of Information Technology Fairfield, OH
“I would like to express my continued support for this initiative. It’s the only event I attend where participants are driving the discussion. Once we’re past introductions we typically don’t hear from our vTech hosts until a question is posed to them. This format lends itself to always being topical. These meeting are schedule months in advance and with the rapid pace of technology having user driven conversations allows us to talk about what’s relevant today, not 3 months ago. I also very much agree with the decision to include IT leadership as a whole, not just CIO/CTO’s. Not every company is organized the same way and excluding non C-level management would be a disservice to the group as many of the attendees are performing CIO work without the title. Lastly, it builds a better IT community, and that benefits everyone. Thank you for your time and I look forward to 2018’s forums.” Jacob Ackerman Chief Technology Officer SkyLink DATA CENTERS
“I have attended the IT Leadership Forums put on by vTECHio recently and both have been very informative and helpful. We have discussed pain points, trending threats, and recent successes within each of our organizations that have sparked insightful dialogues. Being able to bounce problems and ideas off of other IT leaders in organizations of different sizes has also been valuable, finding that some have already been through similar situations and can discuss the successes and pitfalls they encountered along the way. Sometimes, a different perspective is all that is needed. While not sales driven, or even sales oriented, it is not uncommon for the hardware and technology used in these projects to come up in the discussion, especially when they are very proud of the solution they have chosen to implement. I, for one, have found the forums to be very beneficial and will attend more in the near future.” Scott Silvers Director of Technology | Accuform
David and Donna, With all the chaos and unexpected issues that came with Hurricane Irma, I wanted to let you know how pleased we are and let you know what an amazing job Eric Thompson did for us. Eric was proactive, extremely fast, and kept our outages to a minimum. All the systems Vtech put in place for us worked flawlessly and we had minimal downtime once power/internet had been restored to our offices. Eric has been a pleasure to work with, and I could not be happier to have him assigned to our account. Thank you so much to Eric and the Vtech team for taking care of us. Thanks, Quill Jones, Senior Engineering Designer, Waldrop Engineering
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We have had a long and successful relationship with Dell and their direct representatives. I was introduced to vTECHio in September 2014 while working with Dell on a new virtual environment project. I have in the past dealt with Dell directly, so I was hesitant working with a dealer such as vTECHio on such a large project. Dan Dixon and Shawn Ruhl presented several options to upgrade our existing architecture and after many discussions reviewing the options we chose to upgrade and virtualize our entire infrastructure. Because this project was a large financial investment Dan went above and beyond to work out an arrangement that we were comfortable with and worked for both parties. We were extremely impressed with Shawn Ruhl and the attention to detail that he insisted upon. He approached this project as if he was installing it for his own company. The installation, setup and configuration of the new equipment was performed with a high level of expertise, he was very personable and patient. The technical expertise that Shawn Ruhl brought to the table was first rate. We configured & deployed with best practices in mind. Shawn also worked with us on the knowledge transfer for the specific systems we installed. He also pressed upon me that this is a long term relationship and he would make himself available should we have any ongoing questions or issues. We were so pleased with the sales and service that vTECHio provided to Orthopedic Specialists of SW FL that we immediate engaged them on our next project which was to upgrade our firewall where we chose Dell SonicWall HA system. We will continue to use and would highly recommend vTECHio for any technical purchases or services. James Ruggiero Orthopedic Specialist of SW Florida
Jon, I just wanted to take this moment to personally thank you for your time and effort you put in with my customers, I know you are giving them the best advice and service possible, I am glad to have a GEO partner such as yourself and Sean that work so diligently and thoroughly, it really does pay off. Your efforts helped me get just over 100% of my quota and I know how are that is to do out of the gate, but I know I wouldn’t have been able to do that without you. It seems Mike did a good job in selecting you to trust with the customers. Here is to another great quarter, and let’s get after some of these no spends and show them how great of a team they have with Dell and Vtech when we work together. Thanks again Jon, I owe you some good beers! David Hildebrandt Account Manager | Ohio Dell | Medium Business